The Andrews government has signalled a major shakeup of Victoria’s energy sector. But are they enough to bring the state’s energy prices down and reduce emissions?
The important change sends a direct signal for more investment in renewable energy, and comes not a moment too soon.
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.
Paying coal-fired power stations to stay open means consumers will be picking up the cost when they ultimately fail.
Active government involvement in the electricity sector is necessary for Australia to meet its ambitious climate targets. But we shouldn’t totally abandon the power of market forces.
What is the electricity grid and how does it work? How are energy supply and prices determined? An expert breaks down a few of the terms and ideas underpinning Australia’s energy crisis.
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.
In the first major study of its kind, the authors travelled to where renewable energy is expanding in NSW to ask communities how they feel about the changes.
What’s pushing up coal and gas prices is pushing up electricity prices, but some states have better shields than others.
A new report predicts an incredibly rapid closure of coal-fired power stations. Continuing to deny this is simply not in the interest of coal workers and their communities.
The electric vehicle transition is about more than just scrapping petrol cars. We must also ensure quality technology, anticipate the future and make sure no-one gets left behind.
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.
Standard economic theory suggests solar exports shouldn’t be taxed at all.
Australia’s biggest states are taking back control of their electricity systems, because the way we make power is changing.
The states have been forced to act alone on renewable energy after the federal government effectively vacated the policy space. But if not managed carefully, the strategy may backfire.
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.
Both natural disasters and electric vehicles mean we need to move away from centralised electricity systems.
After a decade of rising electricity bills, prices are projected to fall thanks to new renewable generation.
Australia can become a renewable energy exporting superpower, but timidity won’t get us there.
‘Switchers’ who change their energy retailers often are following accepted wisdom, but research shows it saves them far less than expected.