• Home energy tips for autumn

    Derek Lotts     |      February 28, 2020

    Summer is drawing to a close, and attention will soon shift to retaining heat in our homes, rather than keeping it out. A few simple measures can help reduce waste, cutting bills and reducing the environmental toll of power generation.

  • Modelling a future powered by sustainable energy

    Open Forum     |      November 18, 2019

    University of Adelaide economists have modelled the transition from a world powered by fossil fuels to one in which sustainable sources supply all our energy needs.

  • Energy saving tips for your home

    Derek Lotts     |      September 27, 2019

    Australia has been widely criticised for its failure to curb its carbon emissions, but every householder can play their part – and save money on their bills – with a few simple energy saving precautions in their own home.

  • The costs and benefits of a clean economy

    Tom Kompas     |      June 10, 2019

    As the cost of renewable energy falls, Australia’s transition to clean energy makes sound economic as well as environmental sense.

  • 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.

  • Time for ‘Airbnb’ for energy?

    Open Forum     |      March 25, 2019

    Could the future of energy lie in the sharing economy? New research shows energy sharing platforms may be the key to supporting our transition to new tech and cleaner power, while delivering reliable energy for consumers.

  • 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.

  • New energy report tilts the cost balance towards renewables

    Claire Ginn     |      December 25, 2018

    The national science agency, CSIRO and energy market operator, AEMO have announced a new report on the costs of electricity generation, revealing that renewable energy powers the cheapest new power plants.  

  • The climate change tax plan that pays back revenue

    Open Forum     |      November 22, 2018

    The new Member for Wentworth, Kerryn Phelps, will help present a new climate policy proposed by UNSW which would tax carbon dioxide emissions but compensate Australian households.

  • 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.

  • Why Tony Abbott is wrong about the Paris climate accord

    Lucy-Jane Watt     |      July 12, 2018

    We have to stand up and commit ourselves to the realities of climate change, and accept the daunting but achievable task of climate mitigation. We have the skills, knowledge, technology and capability. We just need better leadership.