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We don’t have a gas shortfall worth worrying about

Australia was warned earlier this year that a shortage of gas could create an energy crisis. A report from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) suggested a shortfall could occur in 3 of the next 13 years. This report was widely reported in the national media, with sensational headlines like “AEMO warns of blackouts as […]

Climate Council: climate, health and economics are against Carmichael mine

Despite the overwhelming evidence that fossil fuels are killing the Great Barrier Reef and making many extreme weather events worse; despite the emphatic thumbs-down from the finance sector; and despite the growing awareness of the serious health impacts of coal, the proposed Carmichael coal mine staggers on, zombie-like, amid reports it has been offered a […]

The solar panel and battery revolution: how will your state measure up?

A new roadmap for Australia’s electricity networks outlines a national plan to keep the lights on, make sure bills are affordable, and decarbonise our electricity industry by mid-century. The plan, by CSIRO and Energy Networks Australia, sets out measures that could save households A$414 a year on average, by generating their own electricity through “distributed” […]

Five things the east coast can learn from WA about energy

It’s an interesting time to be involved in energy policy. Thanks to the east coast energy crisis, the closure of Hazelwood power station and South Australia’s blackouts, the broadsheet-reading public suddenly finds itself conversant with all sorts of esoteric concepts, from gas peaking to five-minute price settlements. Amid all the disruption, it’s perhaps not surprising […]

After 25 years of trying, why aren’t we environmentally sustainable yet?

In 1992, more than 170 countries came together at the Rio Earth Summit and agreed to pursue sustainable development, protect biological diversity, prevent dangerous interference with climate systems, and conserve forests. But, 25 years later, the natural systems on which humanity relies continue to be degraded. So why hasn’t the world become much more environmentally […]

South Australia’s energy plan deals a blow to state-federal relations

South Australia has unveiled an energy plan in which the state takes a much greater role in the energy industry. The plan includes storage, a new gas plant and greater powers for the state over the National Electricity Market. SA has the highest proportion of wind energy in Australia – and the federal government has […]

How electric cars can help save the grid

A key question amid the consternation over the current state of Australia’s east coast energy market has been how much renewable energy capacity to build, and how fast. But help could be at hand from a surprising source: electric vehicles. By electrifying our motoring, we would boost demand for renewable energy from the grid, while […]

South Australia’s energy plan gives national regulators another headache

The keenly awaited new energy policy unveiled by South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill features a range of headline-grabbing items, such as a plan to spend A$150 million on a 100-megawatt battery storage facility to help stave off the danger of future blackouts. On page 7 of the policy document, Weatherill explains part of his underlying […]

Solar households in Victoria set for cash infusion

July 1, 2017 will be a date worth celebrating for over 130,000 solar households and businesses in Victoria. Why the massive popping of champagne corks you ask? From July 1, any household that sells solar-generated power back to the grid will then receive a minimum of 11.3c/kWh for their feed-in tariff [FiT].  This is the first […]

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