Truss heads off imminent crisis while storing up problems for the long term.
Coal plants are exiting the grid faster than expected. We’ll need to redouble efforts to add flexibility into our energy systems and build renewables and storage.
The energy crisis is hitting the east coast hard. But Western Australia is sailing through – because of government intervention in the market.
Australia’s energy market operator has suspended the National Electricity Market, due to a perfect storm of coal plants going offline and a spike in fossil fuel prices.
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.
Here are four ways the current electricity system favours existing, higher emitting technologies. These must be overcome to rapidly cut Australia’s emissions.
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The new commitments of state governments go some way to filling the void left by the lack of a national climate policy. The states should, and can, coordinate their efforts. Here’s how.
On July 21, 2019, Iranian Revolutionary Guards patrolled near the British-flagged tanker
Stena Impero, anchored off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas.
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?
The next 20 years of Britain’s electricity policy must look very different from the previous 20.
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.
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Digitalisation and better energy storage are reshaping the electricity market.
More blue sky thinking could help the grid get even smarter.
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‘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.
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.
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.
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An America that drills more, and imports less, could mean Opec no longer gets to call the shots.
A major report on why energy bills are so expensive was published the day after the vote for Brexit.
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Energy isolation would be more expensive and less secure.
Trinidad and Tobago is no longer the liquid petroleum gas export powerhouse it once was.
Ghana could learn a great deal from Trinidad and Tobago about how to manage its energy sector – and about what pitfalls to avoid.
These people are angry – but most are indifferent.
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Personalised energy services would stop everyone getting ripped off.
Fuel banks may undermine the case for serious action.
Npower’s proposal for fuel banks addresses the symptoms of fuel poverty but not its causes.