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The Liddell power station in the Hunter Valley near Newcastle. AAP Image/Dean Sewell/Greenpeace

The true cost of keeping the Liddell power plant open

Government payments to keep Australia's oldest coal plant running amounts to a carbon subsidy. It's worth looking at the financial – and carbon – cost.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull still can’t seem to distance himself from coal. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Coal and the Coalition: the policy knot that still won’t untie

The Turnbull government is still tying itself in knots over the future of coal, as literally decades of policy turmoil on climate and energy continue to roll on.
One big mess: the market has failed to deliver on cheap, reliable energy. Shutterstock

The day Australia was put on blackout alert

The energy market operator has released a report on the state of Australia's electricity system. It couldn't be blunter if it tried: the market has failed.
Solar panels are still a rarity in WA’s lower-income areas. Orderinchaos/Wikimedia Commons

WA bathes in sunshine but the poorest households lack solar panels – that needs to change

Western Australia has huge amounts of sunshine and wind, yet only 7% of its energy comes from renewables. What's more, most households in the poorest suburbs are still locked out of the solar panel boom.
Coal power has long been a mainstay of the electricity system but has lost share as natural gas prices have gone down. John Fowler

Do coal and nuclear need a helping hand? 5 essential reads

The Department of Energy's review of the electricity grid finds natural gas, rather than renewables, has hurt coal and nuclear power. But that's only half the story of the changes underway.
What a gas: one of Moreland’s new hydrogen-powered garbage trucks. Takver/Flickr.com

Of renewables, Robocops and risky business

A local council goes for hydrogen. A state government goes for lithium and mirrors. They are taking punts on technology. What are the risks?

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