Australia's biggest states are taking back control of their electricity systems, because the way we make power is changing.
The states have been forced to act alone on renewable energy after the federal government effectively vacated the policy space. But if not managed carefully, the strategy may backfire.
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.
Both natural disasters and electric vehicles mean we need to move away from centralised electricity systems.
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.
Hydrogen infrastructure in the right places is key to a cleaner, cheaper energy future.
Australia can become a renewable energy exporting superpower, but timidity won't get us there.
Free competition is supposed to give customers the best deal – but that’s not happening in Victoria.
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'Switchers' who change their energy retailers often are following accepted wisdom, but research shows it saves them far less than expected.
Australia’s energy market has a logjam,
The likelihood of half of Victoria being plunged into blackout are low – but the question reveals growing tension between the energy market and its regulators.
In the absence of federal policy, states are pursing their own renewable targets.
State renewable energy targets have been driving energy investment in Australia. 'Where and when' the generation and transmission build occurs varies substantially under a national approach.
Demand response sounds good, but is punishingly difficult to execute.
Proposed rules for managing energy demand could potentially lower prices and reduce blackout risk, but there are reasons to be skeptical.
There is a lack of discernment in reporting research results on carbon reduction targets.
Transitioning to renewable energy will cost us something, but the benefits far outweigh the price.
Whether your energy comes from coal or renewable sources isn’t likely to make a difference to your risk of a blackout this summer.
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.
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.
There could be much clearer skies ahead for energy policy if states take the reins.
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The federal government is primarily to blame for the mess that is Australia's energy policy. It's time for the states to step up, to reduce both prices and emissions.
Australia needs to think about the energy grid of the future.
'Energy security' isn't just about cheaper bills. We urgently need to design a modern, safe Australian grid.
Remember, a belt-and-braces power grid doesn’t come cheap.
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Sections of the media have talked up the prospects of future power outages, even though the electricity market operator predicts that Australia's stringent reliability standards will still be met.
The Loy Yang power station ‘tripped’ early in the year, triggering fears of a summer of blackouts.
February is the riskiest time of the year for blackouts, as the nation returns to work and school and soaring temperatures put pressure on the system.
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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The government's handshake deal with gas suppliers may have stopped the market plunging off a cliff, but it's not doing much more.
Energy policy models are only as good as the predictions they’re based on.
Much of Australia's energy debate is centred around 'models' of various policies. But how do they work? And what can they really tell us?