• Growing Australia’s fuel

    Tyson Sara     |      March 31, 2024

    Australia has limited reserves of offshore oil and difficult-to-exploit onshore oil, so farming our own fuel makes sense. It would encourage agricultural development and diversification, reduce our dependence on imported oil and allow us to fill the extra storage tanks we’re building.

  • The hidden costs of coal mines’ unquenchable thirst

    Open Forum     |      March 29, 2024

    Investors and shareholders in Australian coal mining could feel the pinch as water-related risks increase amid worsening climate change impacts, tighter regulations and growing community opposition.

  • Seize the decade

    Open Forum     |      March 27, 2024

    Hot on the heels of the hottest year on record, a report outlines a clear pathway for every sector of the economy to cut climate pollution so Australia can prosper as the world embraces clean energy like solar and wind.

  • High-temperature superconductivity breakthrough

    Open Forum     |      February 20, 2024

    An international team of scientists have made a new discovery that may help to unlock the microscopic mystery of high-temperature superconductivity and address the world’s energy problems.

  • A view from the swamp

    Max Thomas     |      February 3, 2024

    The federal government has rejected a proposed expansion of Port Hastings in Westernport, southeast of Melbourne, given its potential environmental impact, although the project was seen as vital to the development an offshore wind industry.

  • AUKUS Christi?

    Max Thomas     |      December 24, 2023

    Australia’s embrace of nuclear powered hunter-killer submarines seems at odds with the country’s long-standing opposition to nuclear generated electricity supplies.

  • Hydrogen makes itself at home

    Hugh Davies     |      December 19, 2023

    Hydrogen can revolutionise clean energy, transport, decarbonise industrial processes … and cook your dinner.

  • Planning for a greener future

    David Amiel     |      December 8, 2023

    Climate policies must move away from a reliance on green taxes and subsidies to enter the age of politics.

  • The scandal of Vales Point

    Max Thomas     |      November 6, 2023

    The sorry saga of Vales Point Power Station in recent years highlights the muddled political thinking – and opportunistic private profit taking – which bedevil the energy sector to the detriment of the public it ostensibly serves.

  • Six ways to cut your hot water bill

    Derek Lotts     |      October 20, 2023

    Soaring electricity bills and the prospect of a hot, dry summer should encourage consumers to find ways to save money and help the environment by economising on power and water.

  • Renewable backup power can boost disaster resilience

    Ben Knight     |      October 3, 2023

    Households need more support to implement alternative energy solutions to help manage outages during bushfires and extreme weather events.

  • Using farm dams for pumped hydro storage

    Ben Knight     |      September 10, 2023

    Tens of thousands of small-scale hydro energy storage sites could be built from Australia’s farm dams, supporting the uptake of reliable, low-carbon power systems in rural communities.