New research found power stations in the Latrobe Valley emit around 10 times more mercury than power stations in the Hunter Valley. The stark difference has a lot to do with regulations.
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.
What was a feature of power stations such as Yallourn has become a bug.
Yallourn power station, Australia’s oldest and dirtiest coal plant, will close four years ahead of schedule. Without a national policy, coal workers are left dangerously exposed.
Plus new research on why China is closing down coal-fired power stations. Listen to episode 3 of The Conversation Weekly.
The end of coal-fired generation in Australia is inevitable. But the federal government can do more to ensure an orderly transition to renewables – avoiding price spikes and supporting workers.
If Canada began to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by about four per cent per year, we could still meet our 2030 climate targets.
While much of the world moves towards zero-carbon economies, a NSW mega-plan for new renewables may set up the state as an energy superpower.
Emissions from Australia’s electricity sector have dropped markedly during the pandemic.
But a recession could cloud the renewables outlook.
It’s more freshwater than what the population of the Greater Sydney region uses, but finding this out wasn’t easy.
The benefits of gas-fired power are badly overstated, and will take Australia further in the wrong direction on climate change.
After a decade of rising electricity bills, prices are projected to fall thanks to new renewable generation.
We have quantified the effects of twelve power station closures in five states. Local unemployment shoots up and comes down only slowly.
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.
South Australia’s energy prices have gone up as more renewables entered the market – but prices would have gone up even more without them.
The Labor Party’s newly announced energy policy could finally set Australia’s electricity sector on the path to a renewables-driven future. But policies are still needed to cut emissions elsewhere.
The federal government’s the stubborn commitment to coal is pulling the government’s economic policy towards the sort of state socialism it is supposed to abhor.
An international report has found there’s no future for Australia’s coal exports.
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.
Several states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island, have developed ambitious renewable energy targets that hinge in large part on getting their power from turbines stationed in the water.