Residential electricity prices in Canada and the United States are typically less a half those in Australia.
The charge for retailing electricity in Australia compares poorly other deregulated markets in Europe
Hazelwood’s closure does not mean imminent blackouts for Victoria.
Victoria will be able to import more electricity to make up for any shortfalls from Hazelwood power station's closure.
The long view: energy policy needs to stay firmly focused on the horizon.
The current flurry of energy policy aims to make power cheaper and more reliable. But it will take more than that to meet vital longer-term goals like cutting carbon while keeping future prices low.
South Australia has the most wind energy in the country.
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The South Australian and federal governments' energy feud reached a peak this week, but just who is responsible?
Old school: Much of the power plant and transmission network we rely on has been around for decades.
Trump has pledged to invest big in infrastructure. An analysis shows the electric grid will need hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade just to keep things as they are.
SA energy minister Tom Koutsantonis (left) and Premier Jay Weatherill have outlined their vision for the state’s electricity.
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South Australia is investing $550 million in a plan to improve the reliability of its electricity. But the side-effect is that the National Electricity Market will now be even harder to run.
Surprisingly, the places with the most competition have seen some of the biggest price rises.
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Electricity retailers need to make their prices and offers more transparent and easier for customers to understand, or risk having to submit to price regulation to drive down bills.
Australia’s electricity grid is no longer fit for purpose.
Privatisation has failed to keep Australia's electricity cheap and reliable. Time to renationalise the grid.
Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, Trouvelot figure. Photograph of electrical effluvia around a coin 1888–89.
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The way writers drew on electricity to weave their stories tells us much about the history of electricity itself.
A cyberattack on the electricity grid happened in Ukraine – could it happen here too?
The power grid is increasingly computerized. That opens it to attacks and requires new defenses.
The rules were written at a time when coal and gas were the only major options.
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Here's the real problem behind Australia's electricity woes: the rules that govern decisions about what infrastructure to build, and when, are inflexible and outdated.
It’s time to take the political heat out of electricity grids.
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Privatisation and competition were supposed to make electricity cheaper. Instead, Australia's quasi-federal energy system has made it easier to pass the buck when things go wrong.
High gas prices have left Adelaide’s Pelican Point power station running at less than half its capacity.
South Australia's government was angry about the blackouts enforced by electricity regulators. But with much of the state's gas power offline, the regulators had little choice.
New coal power technology can’t meet Australia’s climate targets alone.
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As Australia's energy debate heats up, some politicians are calling for cleaner and more efficient coal power stations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Static electricity can cause more than just a bad hair day.
These mini lightning bolts have been known for millennia. Understanding static electricity at the atomic level opens the door for new technologies – as well as ways to cut down on the tiny zaps.
Was Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly right about the relative cost of electricity in Australia and the US?
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Liberal MP Craig Kelly said businesses and households in Australia are paying twice as much as Americans for their electricity. Is that true?
Australia’s electricity network needs reform to reduce carbon emissions.
The electricity network can be used proactively to meet Australia's climate and renewable energy targets.
Very powerful, try to avoid.
Lightning strikes are powerful – but we haven't had solid estimates of their energy until now. Researchers turned to the hollow stone tubes they create by vaporizing sand for more precise calculations.
The University of Canberra's Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Solar subsidies encouraged a massive take-up of solar panels in Australia.
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Now that our rooftop solar industry has matured, we need to reconsider the purpose of feed-in tariffs and align them with our goals for the electricity system in the future.