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Adelaide goes dark after wild storms caused the entire state’s power to fail. AAP Image/David Mariuz

What caused South Australia’s state-wide blackout?

South Australia is recovering from a state-wide blackout, and fingers are pointing at the state's renewable energy industry and climate change.
Australian wind energy has been under a cloud for much of its decades-long history. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Attacks on renewable energy policy are older than the climate issue itself

Skirmishes over funding for renewable energy research are just the latest battle in a saga that stretches back to the early 1980s – years before the public became widely aware of the climate threat.
Can Kangaroo Island’s pioneering spirit be harnessed in the push for renewable energy? Dider B/Wikimedia Commons

Kangaroo Island’s choice: a new cable to the mainland, or renewable power

Kangaroo Island's electricity link to the mainland needs replacing. But a new analysis shows that for roughly the same price, the island could move to independent, local renewable energy sources.
Companies like Tesla, with batteries and electric cars, are disrupting traditional energy companies in Australia. www.shutterstock.com

Company results wrap: energy companies are facing disruption

Energy companies shouldn't rely on government regulation to protect them from the growing disruption from renewables and increased consumer control.
The solar plant at Broken Hill, which received support from ARENA. AAP Image/Australian Renewable Energy Agenc

Can, or should, we save ARENA?

Cuts to ARENA as part of the government's savings bill are short-term politics at its worst.
ARENA part-funded the Broken Hill solar plant in New South Wales, which opened this year. AAP Image/ARENA

Cutting ARENA would devastate clean energy research

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is facing a $1.3 billion budget chop as part of the federal government's savings measures. But sacrifice the lead agency for green energy development

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