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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.
Now that Shorten has released the energy policy this week, the. Coalition is reaching back into the past for lines and fears. Ben Rushton/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Labor’s energy policy is savvy – now is it scare-proof?

Labor's promise to subsidise batteries for households quickly became, in government parlance, “pink batts to pink batteries” – seeking to trigger memories of Rudd's policy that cost several lives.
In a speech to be delivered on Thursday, Shorten stresses a Labor government would seek bipartisanship on the NEG. Daniel Pockett/AAP

Households to get $2000 subsidy for batteries under Shorten energy policy

The ALP estimates the battery subsidy would triple the number of battery systems in Australian households. The policy sets a national target of one million household battery installations by 2025.
How many times have you heard “get out of the way!” when someone is trying to change the channel? Willemvdk/flickr

Curious Kids: How do remote controls work?

Even the Voyager spacecraft are controlled remotely, 20 billion kilometres away. It takes 20 hours for instructions to travel from Earth to the spacecraft but we can do it -- using a remote.
The poll found stark differences between voting intentions and attitude to energy policy. Shutterstock

47% say prioritise cutting power bills: Ipsos

A new poll reveals many Australians want to cut their electricity bills - but many also want to reduce emissions.

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