There's a wider trend towards linking the energy and climate portfolios, and not before time – the race is on towards a low-carbon economy, and joined-up policy gets faster results.
It's not just about finding money for things like solar panels – poorer households can also find it harder to gain access to reliable information about the green energy options they do have.
Australia's energy policy has lost its way over the past couple of decades, which is unfortunate because the challenges – to move to a low-carbon economy without high prices – have never been tougher.
Amid the gloom, here are some hopeful signs that we can meet our climate obligations.
Mining requires huge amounts of energy – could it be replaced with renewables?
Photovoltaics and wind energy now have such a large head start that no other low-emission generation technology has a reasonable prospect of catching them.
The federal election campaign has highlighted the very different visions of Australia’s renewable energy future held by the major parties.
The ups and downs of climate policy since the 2013 federal election.
These countries are well-positioned to lead the way from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy.
There are several areas where Australia could be a world leader in innovation. If we can identify them and focus our efforts there, we could generate some genuine benefits here and abroad.
Farmers were supposed to bet big on energy crops like short-rotation willow to help fuel the UK's biomass fleet. It hasn't worked out like that.
South Africa's nuclear plans have been put on hold. In light of recent events in the country, pressure is being put on the government to halt the process.
The Coalition has asked CSIRO to develop a "roadmap" towards commercialised clean energy. It's a good idea as long as the plan is clear, and there's enough money behind it.
Britain's future could be bright – but first the grid needs a major upgrade.
Catch 22: renewable energy can help fight climate change, but climate change might prove hard on renewable energy.
There's a wealth of climate policies to choose from this election – but what will they do electricity prices?
A metal found in industrial wastes could help store solar and wind energy until it's needed.
We have the technology to phase out fossil fuels, but it will take more than that.
Renewable resources are being exploited to the extent that there is a loss of species and future generations are threatened.
Phasing out fossils fuels would go a long way to stopping dangerous climate change – but it might be harder than we thought.