An economist explains coal power’s rise and fall in charts.
Sometimes wind and solar power produce more electricity than the local grid can handle. Better energy storage and transmission could move extra energy to where it’s needed instead of shutting it off.
It’s time for a national grid that serves the public and meets the challenges of a warming world. A new government-owned and operated body should take control of Australia’s electricity system.
Australia’s energy market operator has suspended the National Electricity Market, due to a perfect storm of coal plants going offline and a spike in fossil fuel prices.
Our coal-fired generators are failing, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has made the gas that fires the generators that are replacing them expensive, and it’s suddenly got cold.
The soaring power prices expected to hit Australians are yet another reason the Albanese government should turbocharge its efforts on renewable energy and storage.
What’s pushing up coal and gas prices is pushing up electricity prices, but some states have better shields than others.
Australia’s wholesale electricity prices increased by 69% in the first quarter. But the competing claims about what that means are hard to decipher.
There’s no evidence the Australian government’s so-called ‘Big Stick" power pricing law have achieved anything, or were ever needed.
Low-income households are disproportionately affected by rising energy prices. A new report compares approaches to energy affordability in the EU and Australia.
Australia has one of the highest rooftop solar installation rates in the world, which is great news for our efforts to reduce emissions. But can the grid keep up?
I sifted through 30 power retailers’ offers to save on my home bills. Then I checked - and discovered I’d been switched to a more expensive plan.
Xi Jinping has been talking tough on decarbonising China, but blinked after an energy crisis threatened to derail the world economy.
Time-poor households, like single parent families, are caught between rising prices and unhelpful tariffs.
A proposal to change the way electricity generators and retailers strike contracts for electricity would be bad for both consumers and climate action.
Electricity emissions can be cut to net-zero while keeping the lights on and prices down. But achieving that quickly means keeping gas around, for now.
Some Texans are receiving eye-popping electric bills after power providers passed on volatile costs to some of their customers – legally.
The danger of consumers being given false and misleading information by commercial price comparison websites requires regulation.
There are many possible outcomes from the closure of the smelter – just don’t expect lower electricity prices to be one of them.
The rules governing Australia’s electricity market are more than 20 years old and no longer serve consumers, or climate action. But big energy companies are using COVID-19 to delay reform.