The current energy crisis is an opportunity to accelerate the transition towards clean energy – but some countries are better than others at pursuing major energy reform.
The answer? By closing a highly polluting power station - and ramping up renewables.
Michelle Grattan speaks to the Grattan Institute's Tony Wood about the factors that have lead to the crisis, previous governments' failure to plan for transition to renewable sources and the way out.
Renewed interest in nuclear energy will go nowhere unless we talk about carbon pricing. As energy minister Chris Bowen points out, nuclear is extremely expensive.
Australia exports most of its coal and gas, and prices have skyrocketed. We could be facing a winter of pain for gas users.
Australia might be a long way away, but fossil fuel price spikes triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine are hitting households hard. We could have avoided this pain.
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.
Calm and cloudy days led to a resurgence in fossil fuel use.
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.
Developing a carbon market in the electricity sector should not just provide further permission to emit: it should actively assist the government to phase out coal and to fund low-carbon technology.
Details of the US$8.5billion funding South Africa is set to receive to support the move to a just transition and a climate resilient economy haven’t been made public yet. Here’s what’s clear so far.
Week one in Glasgow has delivered more climate action than the world promised in Paris six years ago. But progress still falls well short of what’s required to limit warming to 1.5℃.
The ins and out of South Africa’s national power grid and why Eskom keeps tripping the switch.
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.
Mercury is a nasty toxin that harms humans and ecosystems. The gold and sugar-cane industries have tackled the problem, and it’s time for coal to follow suit.
The blocks can be used to run steam turbines at power stations as a clean alternative to burning coal, and at a fraction of the price of storing energy in batteries.
Australian winemakers have lost smoke-tainted crops and political leaders apparently cannot solve the Murray Darling crisis. Perhaps climate change is getting the better of us.
South Africa’s recently introduced carbon tax may lead to financial losses in the short term, but it’s necessary and will be beneficial in the long term.
A new study lays out what must happen immediately for any hope of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.