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Lake Liddell with power stations. Wikimedia commons

More coal doesn’t equal more peak power

We need to remember that baseload coal power stations won't help cope with peak demand – the issue that will determine whether people in elevators are trapped by a sudden blackout, per Barnaby Joyce.
Bill Shorten will say that without confidence in the policy environment, investors would never put up the billions of dollars required for energy projects. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten goes on front foot over 50% renewables ‘target’

Australia could be the 'energy capital of Asia' but instead it is going backwards, Bill Shorten will say in a speech on Thursday.
Malcolm Turnbull has raised the prospect of new ‘clean coal’ generators – despite the fact investors don’t want to go into coal. Mick Tsikas/AAP

There is a difference between a strong contest of views on energy policy and counter-productive hyper-partisanship

Whether it’s the awkward politics of preferences for One Nation or the extremely complex policy conundrum of improving Australia’s energy security, the Turnbull government’s default position is to attack…
Better managing how we use electricity in our homes will reduce pressure on the grid, and reduce the need for more power stations. Power line image from www.shutterstock.com

Turnbull’s right: we need cheap, clean and reliable power – here’s how

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.

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