A big increase in use car prices drove the inflation rate higher in April.
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The average price of US goods and services surged in April, leading some to worry the economy is beginning to experience dangerously high levels of inflation. A scholar explains why that's unlikely.
Power to the people, but it will cost you.
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Some Texans are receiving eye-popping electric bills after power providers passed on volatile costs to some of their customers – legally.
Waiting in line in freezing rain to fill propane tanks in Houston, Texas, Feb. 17, 2021.
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The Texas electric power market is designed to give energy companies incentive to sell electricity at the lowest possible cost. That focus helps explain why it collapsed during a historic cold wave.
The costs that fossil fuels impose on public health through air pollution alone are enormous.
A surface coal mine in Gillette, Wyoming, photographed in 2008.
The pandemic recession has reduced US energy demand, roiling budgets in states that are major fossil fuel producers. But politics and culture can impede efforts to look beyond oil, gas and coal.
Tariffs, tariffs, tariffs.
If you thought these sites were consumer champions, you're in for a rude awakening.
Wind turbines in the first rays of sunlight at the Saddleback Ridge Wind Project in Carthage, Maine, March 20, 2019.
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How should the United States power its economy in 2050? A recent survey finds surprising agreement from Americans of all political stripes.
The renewables revolution is starting to pay off: our electricity bills are set to fall.
After a decade of rising electricity bills, prices are projected to fall thanks to new renewable generation.
Gas burning at Victoria’s Longford Gas Conditioning Plant. Australia is the world’s largest exporter but intends t import gas to shore up local supplies.
If Australia is the biggest gas exporter in the world, why are we shipping it back in? Because the gas market is dysfunctional - and it means consumers are suffering.
Three decades of behavioural experiments show consumers given too many choices are more likely to make a bad or no choice.
Energy companies and other retailers bamboozle us with options to increase their profits. Here's how the behavioural phenomenon of choice overload works.
Renewables can cut prices as well as emissions.
South Australia's energy prices have gone up as more renewables entered the market – but prices would have gone up even more without them.
There could be much clearer skies ahead for energy policy if states take the reins.
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The federal government is primarily to blame for the mess that is Australia's energy policy. It's time for the states to step up, to reduce both prices and emissions.
Melissa Price, the new Minister for the Environment, has a tough road ahead.
Splitting the energy and environment portfolios might sound like a backward step, but here's why it could work.
The government is now firmly focused on lowering household power bills.
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Australians are angry about electricity prices and both the federal government and opposition are proposing to cap them. Will this approach work, and what are the risks?
The takeup of rooftop solar was much more rapid and widespread than many policymakers predicted.
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Australia's consumer watchdog has concluded that rooftop solar incentives have distorted the market unfairly for those who cannot afford solar panels, and has recommended the scheme ends ten years early.
Australia’s energy prices have doubled since 2015.
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A Grattan Institute report has found renewable energy investment could offer a path to lower rates, but they won't drop below 2015 prices.
Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher, speaking on Q&A.
On Q&A, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said South Australia's high electricity prices were "the consequence" of Jay Weatherill's renewable energy policies. Is that right?
Politician’s energy priorities do not necessarily align with those of ordinary Australians.
A new report has found that Tasmanians, Queenslanders and New South Welshmen are paying $100-$400 a year for unnecessary infrastructure.
The outcome of the three-horse race between Jay Weatherill’s Labor, Nick Xenophon’s SA-Best and Steven Marshall’s Liberals is uncertain.
Much is in play for South Australia in this weekend's state election – politically and economically.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, SA Liberal leader Steven Marshall and SA Best leader Nick Xenophon at a leaders’ debate hosted by the ABC.
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SA Liberal Party leader Steven Marshall said that state Labor policy had left South Australians with 'the highest energy prices in Australia' and 'the least reliable grid'. Is that right?