Current political intervention in the energy market is haphazard and disconnected.
The energy security crisis has politicians leaping to unveil various schemes. But we don't need piecemeal action – the Finkel review, due in June, aims to create a coherent new energy blueprint.
Gas infrastructure and exploration attracted the lion’s share of new energy announcements in the 2017 federal budget.
The federal budget will pump A$90 million into boosting domestic gas production, as well as investing in pumped hydro and measures to monitor energy prices.
Hydro electricity will be part of Australia’s energy future.
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Energy security requires both short and long planning. Recent gas and hydro announcements are a promising start towards some proper joined-up thinking.
As Malcolm Turnbull aspires to get a lift by thinking big, the Coalition is searching for hope in the smallest positive sign.
As the government seeks to rein in the excessive expectations of what it can do to make housing more affordable, Malcolm Turnbull is throwing everything at his energy security policy.
Malcolm Turnbull says ending the local shortage ‘will ensure gas prices in Australia are lower and fairly reflect international export prices, as they should’.
The Turnbull government will impose restrictions on the export of Australian gas to boost domestic supplies and lower prices.
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.
Malcolm Turnbull is throwing out ideas and initiatives as he goes, rather than producing an integrated blueprint.
Malcolm Turnbull had the media troop to Talbingo in the Snowy Mountains for Thursday's big Hydro announcement.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale is calling for a reimagining of the way Australians approach work.
Malcolm Turnbull said the projection last week showed a shortage of gas supply in the eastern market with deep implications for energy security.
Malcolm Turnbull has threatened to use the Commonwealth's power over exports against gas producers if they do not carry through with undertakings to make more gas available for the domestic market.
There are calls for Australia’s onshore gas to flow much more freely.
Rising gas prices and energy security issues have led to calls for more gas to be pumped into our energy system. But we need to balance that with the equally pressing need to limit greenhouse emissions.
Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg with a lump of coal during Question Time.
Eighteen groups have issued a plea for political leaders to 'stop partisan antics' and work together to achieve energy reform.
Wind and solar power can be intermittent. Should our usage be too?
South Australia’s wind energy is providing secure energy to the state.
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In the wake of South Australia's blackout, politicians have blamed renewables for decreasing the state's energy security.
Australia can balance energy, water and food needs with the environment.
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We have all the tools to achieve economic growth and environmental sustainability - we just have to choose to use them.
Better fuel efficiency means more money, less emissions.
Vehicle efficiency isn't just about reducing emissions. It can also save us money, and reduce our heavy reliance on imported oil.
The vivid pink pools of Western Australia’s Hutt Lagoon are the world’s largest algae farm.
Steve Back (used with permission)
We have the technology to make oil from algae, rather than digging up crude oil from organisms that lived billions of years ago. But bringing it to market will take a force of economic and political will.
Guys, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
As Greece and Europe struggle to come to an agreement, is Russia offering the Syriza government a viable alternative?
The Fukushima disaster was a dark chapter for nuclear power - but high-profile accidents are far from the only downside.
Is nuclear power worth it? No, says Mark Diesendorf – it's never been a major world energy force, it has caused huge accidents, and its greenhouse emissions are higher than many people realise.
Kudankulam is one of seven new nuclear plants being built in India.
Asia and Eastern Europe are leading the way, but construction times for new projects are getting longer, and Europe's dominant energy player, Germany, is turning its back on nuclear.
A nuclear-capable Pakistani missile during testing in 2011. The international community hopes other aspiring nuclear nations can develop nuclear power without the military muscle.
Through history, nuclear power has gone hand in hand with the nuclear arms race. But does it have to be this way? Closer international cooperation can help nations embrace nuclear power peacefully.