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These photovoltaics panels provide this village with energy now, but they could become obsolete when the main grid arrives. (Shutterstock)

The future of renewable infrastructure is uncertain without good planning

Small-scale renewable energy projects can power rural areas not connected to the main grid. But investors may hesitate if future electrification remains unpredictable.
Morrison defends the government’s record on climate and attacks. Labor’s policy as irresponsible. Rob Blakers/AAP

Morrison to announce $2 billion over 10 years for climate fund

The money will extend the Emissions Reduction Fund, set up under the Abbott government's “direct action” program, which at present has only $226 million uncommitted in it.
Whether your energy comes from coal or renewable sources isn’t likely to make a difference to your risk of a blackout this summer. yellowbkpk/Flickr

35 degree days make blackouts more likely, but new power stations won’t help

Summer is here and the chance of blackouts is higher than normal. But the cause is unlikely to be the power station. The problem is usually much closer to home – in the local poles and wires.
The tools on our smartphones are enabled by a huge network of mobile phone towers, Wi-Fi networks and server farms. Shutterstock

Computing faces an energy crunch unless new technologies are found

The energy required to power the massive, factory-sized data centres that computers rely on already consumes 5% of global electricity. And that energy load is doubling every decade.

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