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Just think of it as a battery that can also take you to the shops. Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia Commons

How electric cars can help save the grid

By boosting the demand for energy from the grid, electric cars could help create an incentive for more renewable energy investment, while smoothing over issues with supply and demand.
SA energy minister Tom Koutsantonis (left) and Premier Jay Weatherill have outlined their vision for the state’s electricity. AAP Image/David Mariuz

South Australia’s energy plan gives national regulators another headache

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.
With the right mix, the grid can go fully renewable for the same cost and reliability as fossil fuels. Pixabay/Wikimedia Commons

The government is right to fund energy storage: a 100% renewable grid is within reach

The Turnbull government is funding energy storage as a crucial missing piece of the electricity grid puzzle. Analysis suggests an affordable, fully renewable grid doesn't require any heroic assumptions.
You shouldn’t have to crank up the aircon. chanus/shutterstock.com

Why bad housing design pumps up power prices for everyone

Power-hungry houses that rely on air conditioning to make up for their bad design mean that the electricity grid has to cope with summer demand peaks – and everybody pays.
In Nigeria 96% of households are connected to the grid, but only 18% of these connections function more than about half the time. Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

What lies behind Africa’s lack of access and unreliable power supplies

Africa still has numerous electricity challenges to overcome, but several countries are getting it right when it comes to providing electricity to their people.

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