What’s pushing up coal and gas prices is pushing up electricity prices, but some states have better shields than others.
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.
The electric vehicle transition is about more than just scrapping petrol cars. We must also ensure quality technology, anticipate the future and make sure no-one gets left behind.
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.
Standard economic theory suggests solar exports shouldn’t be taxed at all.
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.
After a decade of rising electricity bills, prices are projected to fall thanks to new renewable generation.
Australia can become a renewable energy exporting superpower, but timidity won’t get us there.
‘Switchers’ who change their energy retailers often are following accepted wisdom, but research shows it saves them far less than expected.
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.
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.
Proposed rules for managing energy demand could potentially lower prices and reduce blackout risk, but there are reasons to be skeptical.
Transitioning to renewable energy will cost us something, but the benefits far outweigh the price.
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.
Energy companies offer thousands of different prices, making finding the best deal all but impossible.
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.
‘Energy security’ isn’t just about cheaper bills. We urgently need to design a modern, safe Australian grid.