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Articles by Alan Pears

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2017 will be a big year for Australia's energy system: here's what to look out for

2017 will be a big year for Australia’s energy system: here’s what to look out for

Our outdated energy market model is falling apart. Will 2017 be the year Australia sorts out its energy policy?

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10 clean energy facts

10 clean energy facts

Tired of endlessly debating Australia’s energy future? Here are 10 things we really know about energy to guide us through the policy fog.

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Where to for industrial, business and home heat?

Where to for industrial, business and home heat?

Households are moving away from gas for use for heating and other purposes. Maybe industry should too.

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The solution to Australia’s gas crisis is not more gas

The solution to Australia’s gas crisis is not more gas

Many are proposing the obvious , but wrong, solution to Australia’s crisis : develop more gas production resources. But this path fails for several reasons.

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How to close down brown coal generators: Hit them with bigger levies

How to close down brown coal generators: Hit them with bigger levies

We all know we need to shut down our brown coal power stations, especially the really old ones, as soon as possible…But how?

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Do we really need a second Basslink cable?

Do we really need a second Basslink cable?

It’s easy to argue that Tasmania needs a backup cable and that this could also provide benefits. But it’s not so simple.

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Even in Siberia, they are using too much air conditioning

Even in Siberia, they are using too much air conditioning

A global problem in inefficient housing means that even in Siberia, householders are using air-con to cool their “solar oven” homes.

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Peak electricity demand and going off the grid: the cooking dilemma

Peak electricity demand and going off the grid: the cooking dilemma

Whether you are on or off the grid, it is important to minimise peak electricity demand.

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Australia's energy productivity plan promises much, but can it deliver?

Australia’s energy productivity plan promises much, but can it deliver?

Australia has a sorry track record on energy efficiency and policy reform. The productivity plan provides little reassurance this will change.

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Your car air-con is consuming half your fuel in heavy traffic

Your car air-con is consuming half your fuel in heavy traffic

In a traffic jam, air conditioners can use half the fuel consumed by a car. This looks like fertile ground for research into new cars and their air conditioners, and retrofit measures.

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Indirect action: How creative can our climate policy get?

Indirect action: How creative can our climate policy get?

A number of Indirect Action policies can be pursued without letting climate deniers resume control of the climate agenda. They could win votes, too.