Just think of it as a battery that can also take you to the shops.
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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.
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.
Better managing how we use electricity in our homes will reduce pressure on the grid, and reduce the need for more power stations.
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Fossil fuel advocates claim only coal and gas can deliver cheap and reliable energy, and renewables are synonymous with sustainability. But demand management can solve all three problems.
The 155mph BMW i8 HYBRID might be beyond most of us, but it shows how far the electric drive sector has come.
Falling costs and better infrastructure are making the transition easier for drivers.
Will 2017 be the year Australia sorts out its energy policy?
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The goals are clear: clean, cheap, reliable energy. But no-one can agree how we get there.
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?
Electricity price increases affect nearly everyone and are a sensitive political issue.
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Electricity bills are set to rise further for households. But it's just because power stations are closing.
Lights out for Hazelwood, but other power stations can pick up the slack.
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The potential shutdown of Victoria's Hazelwood power station could leave a large gap in coal-fired baseload generation. But other coal power stations have plenty of spare capacity to fill the gap.
South Australia is leading the way on wind energy - but that’s posing problems for the electricity sector.
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South Australia's electricity price shock in July showed that Australia hasn't worked out how to put large amounts of wind energy into the grid.
How can we get Australian electricity heading down the right road?
The electricity market that covers most of Australia is designed to have periods of high prices, to attract new generators. But there may be better ways to encourage electricity investment.
Malcolm Turnbull faces many challenges in transitioning Australia to a post-mining boom economy.
What are the key policy challenges facing the new Turnbull government in terms of economic growth and budgets, cities, transport, energy, school education, higher education and health?
Labor has promised half of Australia’s electricity will come from renewables in 2030.
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There's a wealth of climate policies to choose from this election – but what will they do electricity prices?
An LNG tanker leaves Gladstone, Queensland. Gas development is one of the drivers behind Australia’s increasing emissions and electricity demand.
Over the past year Australia's greenhouse gas emissions from electricity rose 2.7%.
Thinking of going solar? Prices are approaching the cost of grid electricity, but only in some places – so far.
When will residential solar be cheaper than the cost of power from the grid? This point of 'grid parity' is a moving target but moving closer in a number of places.
Before jumping into the home battery market, make sure you do your research.
The 'early adopters' of home battery storage will pay significantly more than those who come later, but it won't be long until prices drop enough for many more to get on board.
By 2030 large-scale solar cost about the same as fossils fuels.
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By 2030 renewable energy sources such as solar and wind will cost a similar amount to fossils fuels such as coal and gas, thanks to falling technology costs
Is the price right for installing solar panels?
Victoria's solar will soon get a mere 5 cents for power they send to the grid. But is that a fair price?
Energy efficiency has driven the recent fall in electricity demand.
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.
South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago is the third since the bank adopted a more transparent way of operating.
The South African Reserve Bank is a fine example of clear communication of the decision whether to hold, increase, or decrease interest rates. It also gives clear signals of future decisions.
Rooftop solar panels are disrupting Australia’s electricity market, and competing with networks.
The federal government's keenly awaited Energy White Paper is firmly focused on cutting prices and red tape, and boosting industry competitiveness - and less so on climate change and renewable energy.