There are many possible outcomes from the closure of the smelter – just don't expect lower electricity prices to be one of them.
The rules governing Australia's electricity market are more than 20 years old and no longer serve consumers, or climate action. But big energy companies are using COVID-19 to delay reform.
Emissions from Australia's electricity sector have dropped markedly during the pandemic.
But a recession could cloud the renewables outlook.
In some areas of human activity such as farming, we are exhausting our capacity to adapt to climate change.
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.
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.
Power failure. It’s gas, not wind, that’s pushing up electricity prices.
An eight year study of half hourly prices finds that wind and solar generation have been pushing wholesale electricity prices down.
Consumers who used comparison sites typically paid 5-12% more than the lowest possible offer.
Energy companies offer thousands of different prices, making finding the best deal all but impossible.
How long can coal realistically keep chugging along?
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The federal government has floated the idea of underwriting new coal-fired electricity generation in a bid to keep power prices low. But doing so would be a defiance of economic and environmental reality.
Energy bills are becoming to complex to understand.
With electricity bills becoming more complicated, it's increasingly difficult for customers to know if they are getting a good deal.
Solar lowers prices and shifts when daily peak demand hours are.
Large-scale solar and wind tend to push energy prices down, which sounds great as a consumer. But that makes keeping the grid in constant balance harder.
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?
Policymakers need to be smart about the smart meter rollout.
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You may already have a smart meter at home, which monitors your electricity use at 30-minute intervals. But until you can access that data yourself, you could be missing out on the best power deals.
The storm clouds have been gathering over energy policy for a decade or more.
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The Long Read: Most Australians' power bills have been rising for a decade. There are many reasons why, but the common thread is a lack of government willingness to get to grips with crucial policy problems.
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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.
Infrastructure construction – including poles, wires and substations – has far outstripped peak demand.
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Where do sky-high energy costs come from? Energy companies who build unnecessary infrastructure, passing on the cost to consumers and making a profit.
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.
Malcolm Turnbull and Josh Frydenberg surrounded by members of the government’s Energy Security Board.
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.