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energy giants want to thwart reforms that would help renewables and lower power bills

Energy giants want to thwart reforms that would help renewables and lower power bills

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Image: Darren England/AAP Australia’s energy market is outdated. It doesn’t encourage competition and that’s holding back the transition to renewable energy. Important reforms to modernise the market are on the way, but big energy companies are seeking...
snowy 2.0 threatens to pollute our rivers and wipe out native fish

Snowy 2.0 threatens to pollute our rivers and wipe out native fish

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Picture:Schopier/Wikimedia The federal government’s Snowy 2.0 energy venture is controversial for many reasons, but one has largely escaped public attention. The project threatens to devastate aquatic life by introducing predators and polluting important rivers. It...

Climate explained: why switching to electric transport makes sense even if electricity is not...

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Picture: Shuttlestock New Zealand is indeed well supplied with renewable electricity. In recent years, New Zealand has averaged 83% from renewable sources (including 60% hydropower, 17% geothermal, and 5% wind) and 17% from fossil fuels (4% coal...
go local: how to keep the power on when disaster hits

Go local: how to keep the power on when disaster hits

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Image: www.shutterstock.com Bushfires, storms and floods regularly leave thousands of Australian homes and businesses without power. Sydney’s wettest weekend in three decades left more than 130,000 households without power on Sunday. South Australian storms two weeks ago blew over...
why solar is our best energy option right now

Why Solar Is Our Best Energy Option Right Now

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Solar energy is more prevalent than ever before. More homes and businesses use it, and it’s having an impact in communities across the world. Despite the push for renewable power, there are still many...

Homes with higher energy ratings sell for more. Here’s how Australian owners could cash...

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The University of Wollongong Illawarra Flame House demonstrates how a typical Aussie fibro home can be transformed into a net-zero-energy sustainable home. Dee Kramer, Author provided Everybody wants an energy-efficient home. After all, an energy-efficient home...
how an aussie invention could soon cut 5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions

How an Aussie invention could soon cut 5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions

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Australian-designed technology will soon be responsible for 50% of all solar energy produced globally. Picture: Glenn Hunt/AAP In the 1980s, a global race was underway: to find a more efficient way of converting energy from...
finally, your electricity bill looks set to fall. here’s how much you could save

Finally, your electricity bill looks set to fall. Here’s how much you could save

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The renewables revolution is starting to pay off: our electricity bills are set to fall. AAP/Julian Smith Household electricity bills in Australia have increased sharply in the past decade. But new official figures...
145 years after jules verne dreamed up a hydrogen future, it has arrived

145 years after Jules Verne dreamed up a hydrogen future, it has arrived

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Chief Scientist Alan Finkel says Australia can be a world leader in hydrogen production and export. Peter Rae/AAP In 1874, science fiction author Jules Verne set out a prescient vision that has inspired governments and...
enough ambition (and hydrogen) could get australia to 200% renewable energy

Enough ambition (and hydrogen) could get Australia to 200% renewable energy

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Hydrogen infrastructure in the right places is key to a cleaner, cheaper energy future. ARENA The possibilities presented by hydrogen are the subject of excited discussion across the world – and across Australia’s political divide,...