What’s pushing up coal and gas prices is pushing up electricity prices, but some states have better shields than others.
AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts
The plan would address failures in the National Electricity Market, and would see a more orderly transformation process from coal to clean energy.
Eraring is the latest in a string of announcements for early coal plant closures. The fundamental reason is the brutal impact of renewables on coal’s profitability.
Australia has one of the highest rooftop solar installation rates in the world, which is great news for our efforts to reduce emissions. But can the grid keep up?
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 good projects have already been identified and interest rates are low. We could speed up the electricity transition by decades.
Australia’s energy market has a logjam,
The likelihood of half of Victoria being plunged into blackout are low – but the question reveals growing tension between the energy market and its regulators.
Four wind farm operators must face the federal court over allegations they failed their basic responsibilities during the 2016 South Australian blackout.
Demand response sounds good, but is punishingly difficult to execute.
Proposed rules for managing energy demand could potentially lower prices and reduce blackout risk, but there are reasons to be skeptical.
There is a lack of discernment in reporting research results on carbon reduction targets.
Transitioning to renewable energy will cost us something, but the benefits far outweigh the price.
Remember, a belt-and-braces power grid doesn’t come cheap.
AAP Image/Brendan Esposito
Sections of the media have talked up the prospects of future power outages, even though the electricity market operator predicts that Australia’s stringent reliability standards will still be met.
Is the sun setting fast enough on coal-fired power?
Australia needs to accelerate its transition to clean energy, and not prolong the use of high-polluting, coal-fired infrastructure. Otherwise it risks missing out on an economic windfall.
Australia’s transition to low-emissions energy will rely on what we have now (lots of coal) and what we’ll build in the future (lots of renewables), according to a new report.
AGL has promised to replace the power generated by Liddell with a mix of other sources.
Government pressure on AGL to keep its Liddell power plant open past 2022 ignores the sensible, cost-effective plan to replace it.
Marcella Cheng/The Conversation
At the end of 2017, Australia is starting to (slowly) address our energy problems. But it’s also clear the federal government has abdicated leadership and responsibility.
Yes, but who’s directing energy policy?
AAP Image/David Mariuz
We have learned a lot in the year since South Australia’s lights went out, and have made some useful early reforms. But the energy sector and politicians need to chart a much steadier course in future.
Sections of pipes are lined up ready for use in the construction of a coal seam gas pipeline.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has blamed gas exports for rising energy costs, breaking with a party room determined to find renewables guilty.
Josh Frydenberg, Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull at a press conference announcing the possibility of a serious gas shortfall.
Two reports have highlighted the risk of severe gas shortages in the eastern Australian market, prompting calls for the federal government to restrict exports.
Making the electricity market more transparent could lower costs.
We don’t know whether electricity generators are bidding in “good faith” because they are providing data in a form that defies analysis.
There are many viable options for Australia’s energy future.
The energy market operator has warned of possible future electricity shortages – but only if everything stays frozen as it is now.