With the right power policies, gas can have a brighter future.
The current domestic gas crisis will pass. But if the industry wants to surpass coal and fulfil its role as a 'transition fuel', it should lobby for a carbon price to help it on its way.
Keeping things cold wastes a massive amount of energy. What if this could be harnessed?
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.
Malcolm Turnbull touring one of Australia’s large LNG fields.
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The way Australia taxes companies for gas projects now lags behind our closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, which has reformed its tax system to ensure it gets money sooner.
Companies like Tesla, with batteries and electric cars, are disrupting traditional energy companies in Australia.
Energy companies shouldn't rely on government regulation to protect them from the growing disruption from renewables and increased consumer control.
Protesters march against fracking in Melbourne.
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Victoria will permanently ban unconventional gas, and extend a moratorium on onshore gas until 2020.
Gas exports are driving massive growth in Australia’s gas demand.
South Australia's recent electricity price spike has seen calls for more gas. But Australia already has plenty.
The first years of the millennium were kind to government finances. A benign economic environment, and a once-in-a-century commodity boom fuelled by Chinese growth, helped the Federal budget to a cumulative…
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%.
Woodside’s Karatha Gas Plant on Western Australia’s northern coast.
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Woodside's deferral of its floating gas project in Western Australia is just the latest blow low oil prices have dealt the industry.
Could better regulations have persuaded Woodside not to mothball its Browse gas project?
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Woodside's decision to shelve its $40 billion Browse project off Western Australia's north is not a disaster, but it does highlight some areas where the gas industry needs to get much smarter.
An LNG carrier leaves Darwin.
Coal seam gas companies have invested billions of dollars to export their products overseas. But is their investment paying off?
Expect to see more ships on the horizon, as global shipping booms. But how well are we measuring and governing what happens at sea?
As the world's land-based economies struggle with around 2% GDP growth, the global marine economy – often talked about as "the blue economy" – is a bright light on the horizon.
Virgin territory. Sunrise over the Arctic resources battleground.
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The economic viability of extracting oil from the frozen north might be doubtful, but the geopolitical significance could be massive.
Gas may no longer be the most economic way to heat your home.
Eastern Australia's gas market is rapidly changing, driven by the first exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Queensland. And this is affecting the whole supply chain, from gas producers, to the way we use gas in our homes.
Brinkmanship is back.
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As tensions run high over Russia's gas supplies to the Ukraine, and by extension parts of Europe, the reality for the EU is less than perfect: it will need Russian gas for the foreseeable future.
Rising gas prices, driven by the development of Queensland’s exports, could end up driving domestic customers away.
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Gas developers have been ominously warning of impending gas shortages in New South Wales, with official forecasts from planning authorities pointing to steady or rising demand. Yet our analysis suggests…
Who cares if you left the gas on?
The international gas market was once constrained by pipelines and long-term trade deals. Now, it is rapidly globalising. Cross-border trade and investment in gas is growing, and national gas markets are…
Cooking on gas could be unpalatable when the bill arrives.
During Melbourne’s recent spell of hot weather, my air conditioner got a workout after a long hiatus. Technically it’s a split system that also could have been used during winter, but like many Melbourne…
When the construction phase of Queensland LNG projects like this one in Gladstone moves into production, there will be winners and losers.
The large Queensland liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects currently under construction will begin production over the next two years. Exploiting previously unused reserves of coal seam gas, the LNG produced…