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Electricity pylons from Cape Town’s Koeberg nuclear power plant. State-owned companies help to provide infrastructure for economic development. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

The secret to successful state-owned enterprises is how they’re run

State-owned companies are not generally needed to provide goods. Rather, they are needed to provide the foundation for a well-functioning economy and a healthy, well-informed populace.
A solar water heating unit on the roof of a home in Kuyasa outside Cape Town. South Africa has a long way to go to get people off the grid and onto solar heating. Epa/Nic Bothma

Advances in getting solar onto the grid, and into the home

Africa is blessed with an abundance of sunshine.Given the heavy demand for energy, alternatives, such as solar, could provide solutions and help stimulate economic growth.
The Supreme Court will decide a case that will have a big effect on distributed energy technology, including batteries. Tesla

Will the Supreme Court kill the smart grid?

The Supreme Court hears a case that will decide whether homes and businesses can earn money from distributed energy technologies, including demand response and home battery systems.
Solar hot water may be green, but sometimes it can leave you out in the cold. Cold shower image from www.shutterstock.com

Solar hot water giving you cold showers? Eight tips to warm you up

Solar hot water is an excellent way to heat up without adding to your electricity bill. Unfortunately, it seems Australians are not getting the most from their solar hot water systems.
Gas may no longer be the most economic way to heat your home. Hideya HAMANO/Flickr

It’s cold in my house and the price of gas is going up – what can I do?

Eastern Australia's gas market is rapidly changing, driven by the first exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Queensland. And this is affecting the whole supply chain, from gas producers, to the way we use gas in our homes.
Energy efficiency has driven the recent fall in electricity demand. Michael Smith/Flickr

Rising electricity demand could be here to stay

In June this year, forecasts revealed residential and business demand has risen for the first time in five years. The trend could be here to stay, according to a report released today from the Australia Institute.

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