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The country's ambitious plans for sustainable transport and renewable energy must work in sync.
As politicians debate the causes of South Australia's power failures, separating fact from rhetoric has become difficult.
Bill Shorten will say that without confidence in the policy environment, investors would never put up the billions of dollars required for energy projects.
Australia could be the 'energy capital of Asia' but instead it is going backwards, Bill Shorten will say in a speech on Thursday.
Peak energy demand sometimes occurs when there’s no wind.
Here are some short- and medium-term strategies for transitioning to renewable, reliable and affordable energy in South Australia.
Malcolm Turnbull has continued his attack on the energy situation in South Australia, with its high reliance on renewables.
A series of questions by Essential on energy policy has found the Turnbull government is so far failing to persuade people of either its performance or its arguments on energy security.
A strong, certain price signal could see the dawn of a new period of investment in renewables.
Labor has been criticised for vacillating about about its 50% renewable energy ambition. But its proposed emissions intensity scheme could boost green energy without any hard target at all.
The government was this week caught off-guard by a decision from the Nick Xenophon Team to reject the omnibus bill.
Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg with a lump of coal during Question Time.
Eighteen groups have issued a plea for political leaders to 'stop partisan antics' and work together to achieve energy reform.
Even the cleanest coal plants add millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere each year.
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Nobody in business wants to touch new "clean" coal plants, which means taxpayers would be left to foot the billion-dollar bills.
With the right mix, the grid can go fully renewable for the same cost and reliability as fossil fuels.
The Turnbull government is funding energy storage as a crucial missing piece of the electricity grid puzzle. Analysis suggests an affordable, fully renewable grid doesn't require any heroic assumptions.
Better managing how we use electricity in our homes will reduce pressure on the grid, and reduce the need for more power stations.
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Fossil fuel advocates claim only coal and gas can deliver cheap and reliable energy, and renewables are synonymous with sustainability. But demand management can solve all three problems.
The rise of renewable energy is one reason the world is shifting away from coal.
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Global emissions from fossil fuels have stalled. That puts us in the right place to keep warming below 2℃, but there's plenty of work still to be done.
Will 2017 be the year Australia sorts out its energy policy?
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The goals are clear: clean, cheap, reliable energy. But no-one can agree how we get there.
Obama has prioritized development of wind and solar in a number of ways, including installation on military bases.
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The Trump administration has the tools to slow the momentum Obama started on clean energy. Countering Trump are global market forces and state-level action.
Renewable energy targets were a controversial topic at a recent COAG meeting between the Prime Minister, State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers.
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In the absence of strong federal action on climate change, many states have developed their own climate and energy policies.
Electricity price increases affect nearly everyone and are a sensitive political issue.
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Electricity bills are set to rise further for households. But it's just because power stations are closing.
Australia’s electricity network needs reform to reduce carbon emissions.
The electricity network can be used proactively to meet Australia's climate and renewable energy targets.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shake hands during a joint ratification of the Paris climate change agreement in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, Sept. 3, 2016.
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Although Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax invented by China, Chinese leaders believe cutting carbon emissions will generate economic and political payoffs at home and abroad.
Rooftop solar proves a challenge to keeping prices low on the grid.
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The need to urgently reduce greenhouse gas emissions is a major challenge to cheap electricity.
Germany gets 12% of its electricity from wind power.
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Germany’s energy transition is often held up as an incredible success story. So what can Australia learn?