• Will Victoria run out of power next summer?

    Peter Farley     |      September 10, 2019

    Despite the scare stories, a detailed investigation of Victoria’s power and storage capacity suggests that power shortages are unlikely next summer.

  • Should Australia invest in nuclear energy?

    Roger Dargaville     |      August 9, 2019

    The Australian government is launching an inquiry into the possibility of building a nuclear power industry in Australia, but should more focus be placed on renewables instead?

  • Zero energy homes get zero interest from homebuyers

    Open Forum     |      July 25, 2019

    New home buyers care more about kitchen counter tops than easy opportunities for improved energy efficiency and thermal comfort.

  • Is the oil price slump an economic warning?

    Julian Lorkin     |      June 7, 2019

    Motorists may be cheering the slump in the price for crude oil, which has fallen by nearly 20% over the past few weeks. However, an economist warns this may be a cautionary sign that the world’s economy is about to slow down drastically as a result of trade tensions.

  • Energy set for “Uber” transformation

    Open Forum     |      May 29, 2019

    Australia’s troubled energy sector has been warned that it will soon be “Uberised” with “prosumers” generating and managing their own energy resources through new digital technology.

  • Is nuclear power an option for Australia?

    Peter Farley     |      April 3, 2019

    The need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants and the supposed drawbacks of renewable sources has prompted renewed interest in nuclear options for Australia, but the economics and capacity of nuclear plants just don’t add up to a viable alternative.

  • Hatching the LNG egg in our energy basket

    Genevieve Feely     |      March 11, 2019

    We should invest in our strategically placed northern gas supply infrastructure, but with the long-term aim of using it to diversify our energy supply to include other sources, such as methanol, ammonia, solar and hydrogen.

  • Did renewables or coal fail in Victoria?

    Peter Farley     |      February 20, 2019

    Despite the perception that renewable energy faltered during the recent power crisis in Victoria, In fact it was the opposite, with wind and solar maintaining their performance and coal letting consumers down.

  • High hopes again for hydrogen

    Michael Brear     |      December 19, 2018

    The promise of a hydrogen economy has waxed and waned for 50 years, but its falling cost of production through renewable sources could make this perennial ‘fuel of the future’ a reality at last.

  • Green trends in kitchen design for 2019

    Amelia Atkins     |      October 25, 2018

    Households can do their bit to reduce energy consumption, and save money as well as helping the environment, by thinking green when it comes to refurbishing their kitchens.

  • Is this the end of the National Electricity Market?

    Rod Boyte     |      October 25, 2018

    Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM), which has served the eastern and southern states for 20 years, may be heading towards its demise.

  • The National Energy Guarantee can work – if the emissions target is increased

    Open Forum     |      August 9, 2018

    While the NEG policy design had potential, the low level of ambition on the emissions reduction target meant the policy would be essentially useless unless this is addressed.