electricity has become a jigsaw. coal is unable to provide the missing pieces

Electricity has become a jigsaw. Coal is unable to provide the missing pieces

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 Image: Bohbeh/Shutterstock There’s something the energy minister said when they announced the early closure of Victoria’s second-biggest coal-fired power station last week that was less than complete. Yallourn, in the Latrobe Valley, provides up to 20% of Victoria’s...
against the odds, south australia is a renewable energy powerhouse. how on earth did they do it?

Against the odds, South Australia is a renewable energy powerhouse. How on Earth did...

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 Picture: Shuttlestock Less than two decades ago, South Australia generated all its electricity from fossil fuels. Last year, renewables provided a whopping 60% of the state’s electricity supply. The remarkable progress came as national climate policy was...
the us jumps on board the electric vehicle revolution, leaving australia in the dust

The US jumps on board the electric vehicle revolution, leaving Australia in the dust

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 Image: Shuttlestock The Morrison government on Friday released a plan to reduce carbon emissions from Australia’s road transport sector. Controversially, it ruled out consumer incentives to encourage electric vehicle uptake. The disappointing document is not the...
‘i can’t save money for potential emergencies’: covid lockdowns drove older australians into energy poverty

‘I can’t save money for potential emergencies’: COVID lockdowns drove older Australians into energy...

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 Image: Shuttlestock Many of us who endured lockdowns in Australia are familiar with the surge in energy bills at home. But for older Australians who depend on the Age Pension for income, lockdowns drove many deeper into...
how australia can phase out coal power while maintaining energy security

How Australia can phase out coal power while maintaining energy security

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 Picture: James Ross/AAP The end of coal-fired generation in Australia is inevitable. Zero marginal cost, zero emissions energy is now a reality. Wind and solar are cheaper sources of new electricity than coal in most cases, putting significant...
renters in victoria soon won’t have to deal with dodgy heaters and insulation. now other states must get energy-efficient

Renters in Victoria soon won’t have to deal with dodgy heaters and insulation. Now...

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Shuttlestock Renters will no longer have to contend with poorly insulated homes and Victoria will move closer towards 7-star home efficiency standards under a A$797 million plan announced this week. It’s purportedly the biggest energy efficiency...
explainer: what is the electricity transmission system, and why does it need fixing?

Explainer: what is the electricity transmission system, and why does it need fixing?

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Image: Shuttlestock Shifting Australia to a low-emissions energy system is a big challenge. Much has been said of the need to change the electricity generation mix, from mostly fossil fuels to mostly renewables. Yet...
‘backwards’ federal budget: morrison government never fails to disappoint on climate action

‘Backwards’ federal budget: Morrison government never fails to disappoint on climate action

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Image: Shuttlestock When it comes to action on climate change, Tuesday’s federal budget delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was a real – though not unexpected – disappointment which favoured polluting technologies over a clean energy future. It...
no, prime minister, gas doesn’t ‘work for all australians’ and your scare tactics ignore modern energy problems

No, Prime Minister, gas doesn’t ‘work for all Australians’ and your scare tactics ignore...

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Image: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas The federal government today Monday it will build a new gas power plant in the Hunter Valley, NSW, if electricity generators don’t fill the energy gap left by the Liddell coal-fired station...
aussie invention could save old coal stations by running them on zero-emissions ‘lego’ blocks

Aussie invention could save old coal stations by running them on zero-emissions ‘Lego’ blocks

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Image Authors provided As climate change worsens, the future of fossil fuel jobs and infrastructure is uncertain. But a new energy storage technology invented in Australia could enable coal-fired power stations to run entirely emissions-free. The...