• Town battery stabilises remote power grid

    Andrew Spence     |      May 22, 2018

    A cutting edge energy storage system to support a town with wildly fluctuating electricity needs has been switched on in South Australia.

  • Going green with sustainable construction

    Amelia Atkins     |      May 22, 2018

    Designing and constructing buildings with a ‘green thumb’ can save money and create more beautiful structures as well as ensuring the built environment reduces its ecological footprint on our precious and threatened world.

  • ‘Solar gardens’ could empower all Australians

    Open Forum     |      May 18, 2018

    The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced funding for a feasibility study that could allow the third of Australians who rent, live in apartments or live in low income housing to access the benefits of rooftop solar energy.

  • Why we need far less storage than you think

    Peter Farley     |      May 8, 2018

    The perennial question for renewables is: What do you do when the wind doesn’t blow, and the sun doesn’t shine? However most of the demand occurs when the sun is shining, the wind is always blowing somewhere and Australia’s hydro-power outstrips many other countries.

  • The potential – and perils – of ‘technological optimism’

    Max Thomas     |      May 6, 2018

    ‘Technologically optimistic’ solutions to global warming include everything from wind and solar energy to mass scale kelp farming, but will any of these strategies work?

  • Electricity and gas markets in Australia today

    Rod Sims     |      May 4, 2018

    ACCC Chairman Rod Sims outlines the current state of Australia’s electricity and gas markets and the prospects for reform to ensure security of supply at an affordable cost to industry and consumers.

  • Turning plastic waste into bio-gas

    Andrew Spence     |      April 17, 2018

    Plastic waste is choking our oceans but a new Australian innovation could help turn trash into useful fuel if enough investment can be raised to fund a demonstration facility.

  • The darkest hour for the NEM?

    Kane Thornton     |      April 17, 2018

    The government’s failure to pursue a proper national energy strategy is undermining the National Electricity Market.

  • Australia’s fuel vulnerability is a problem of own making

    Paul Barnes     |      April 16, 2018

    Australia is a major energy exporter, yet our lack of domestic refining capacity leaves us evermore reliant on potentially vulnerable maritime supply chains to deliver imported supplies.

  • Solar PV and wind could replace coal, oil and gas in 20 years

    Matt Stocks     |      April 7, 2018

    Deep cuts must be made in the use of fossil fuels to ease the threat of climate change, and renewable energy is on track to make a significant contribution in the future.

  • West Australian gas development threatens Paris emissions goal

    George Crisp     |      March 26, 2018

    Greenhouse gas emissions from developing WA’s unconventional gas resources will be about three times as much as Australia has agreed to emit under the Paris Agreement, hampering global efforts to contain climate change.

  • Is massive transmission investment required to support a renewable grid?

    Peter Farley     |      March 24, 2018

    Victorian engineer Peter Farley argues that distributed renewable power production and local storage will reduce the need for expensive long distance transmission infrastructure to meet Australia’s long term energy needs.