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On July 21, 2019, Iranian Revolutionary Guards patrolled near the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, anchored off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. Hasan Shirvani/AFP

The consequences of Qasem Suleimani’s death on the global energy market

The assassination of the Iranian general could have lasting effects on energy markets. Which countries could benefit from it and which could be negatively affected?
More blue sky thinking could help the grid get even smarter. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Virtual power plants are in vogue, but they can be like taking a sledgehammer to a nut

‘Virtual power plants’ offer extra power to the grid by tweaking the operation of batteries and appliances right across the network. But even this might be too blunt a tool for our future energy needs.
Grid operators set the prices for energy markets and are structured to take the lowest prices – a disadvantage for coal and nuclear power.

The pull of energy markets – and legal challenges – will blunt plans to roll back EPA carbon rules

Two moves by the Trump administration signal a dramatic shift in energy policy to favor coal and nuclear, but markets forces and legal challenges mean changes could take years.
Solar panels are still a rarity in WA’s lower-income areas. Orderinchaos/Wikimedia Commons

WA bathes in sunshine but the poorest households lack solar panels – that needs to change

Western Australia has huge amounts of sunshine and wind, yet only 7% of its energy comes from renewables. What’s more, most households in the poorest suburbs are still locked out of the solar panel boom.
Australia’s gas market is entering a time of change: increasing supply, such as coal seam gas, can provide certainty. Ben Jenkins/Flickr

Coal seam gas can provide certainty in a time of market chaos

Australia’s “looming gas shortage” - the basis for calls to deregulate coal seam gas - may not be real after all. But gas prices are still set to rise, and that’s an area where coal seam gas could help.
Free ‘fuel’ means renewable energy has almost no marginal cost. Stephen Jones

Sun and wind could finally make electricity ‘too cheap to meter’

Our children will enjoy in their homes electrical energy too cheap to meter. – Lewis L Strauss, chair of the US Atomic Energy Commission, 1954. When Strauss first coined the phrase above he was thinking…

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