Imagine if you could get your utility bills from one provider.
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One way to cut your household bills could be to deal with just one company for all your utility needs. With today's technology, it's an idea that's not so far fetched as it sounds.
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The big questions about Malcolm Turnbull’s energy policy will be, for consumers, what it would mean for their bills and, for business, how confident it can be that the approach would hold if Bill Shorten…
Under the scheme, power companies would have twin obligations imposed on them by the government.
The government is set to unveil its long-awaited energy plan that would scrap subsidies for renewables and impose obligations on power companies to source a certain proportion of 'reliable' supply.
ACCC chairman Rod Sims says affordability should be the dominant objective in energy policy.
The ACCC found that, on average across the national electricity market, a 2015-16 residential bill was $1,524, excluding GST.
Power price pain is worse than we thought.
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Officially, Australia's average electricity prices are the 11th highest in the OECD. But a look at the numbers suggests this is a significant underestimate.
Malcolm Turnbull has tried to focus on energy policy while the opposition has been preoccupied with the eligibility of Barnaby Joyce.
In trying to grapple with energy Malcolm Turnbull is playing on the right field, but being able to kick the goals is another matter.
One big mess: the market has failed to deliver on cheap, reliable energy.
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.
Yallourn Power Station in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria.
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On Q&A, an audience member said renewable energy is 'now cheaper than coal'. Senator Matt Canavan disagreed, saying renewables are not 'at the moment, cheaper than coal'. Let's look at the numbers.
Information about discounts will be simpler, but you’ll still have to do the legwork to shop around.
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The government's deal with electricity retailers to provide simple information to customers about their discounts and bills is a welcome step, but doesn't cut to the heart of the power price issue.
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Price caps don't cut it – but community ownership can help solve the energy problem and make people more resilient.
Malcolm Turnbull has written a letter to major power companies calling for relief on electricity and gas prices.
Malcolm Turnbull has summoned the chiefs of major power companies to a meeting on Wednesday to discuss how customers can be given more relief through better deals on electricity prices.
Hazelwood’s closure does not mean imminent blackouts for Victoria.
Victoria will be able to import more electricity to make up for any shortfalls from Hazelwood power station's closure.
Malcolm Turnbull sits with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as they watch an AFL game.
The Turnbull government trails Labor 45-55% on the two-party vote in the Fairfax Ipsos poll.
Just think of it as a battery that can also take you to the shops.
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By boosting the demand for energy from the grid, electric cars could help create an incentive for more renewable energy investment, while smoothing over issues with supply and demand.
It’s time to take the political heat out of electricity grids.
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Privatisation and competition were supposed to make electricity cheaper. Instead, Australia's quasi-federal energy system has made it easier to pass the buck when things go wrong.
Better managing how we use electricity in our homes will reduce pressure on the grid, and reduce the need for more power stations.
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Fossil fuel advocates claim only coal and gas can deliver cheap and reliable energy, and renewables are synonymous with sustainability. But demand management can solve all three problems.
The 155mph BMW i8 HYBRID might be beyond most of us, but it shows how far the electric drive sector has come.
Falling costs and better infrastructure are making the transition easier for drivers.
Will 2017 be the year Australia sorts out its energy policy?
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The goals are clear: clean, cheap, reliable energy. But no-one can agree how we get there.
Was Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly right about the relative cost of electricity in Australia and the US?
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Liberal MP Craig Kelly said businesses and households in Australia are paying twice as much as Americans for their electricity. Is that true?
Electricity price increases affect nearly everyone and are a sensitive political issue.
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Electricity bills are set to rise further for households. But it's just because power stations are closing.