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Articles by Alan Pears

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Poor households are locked out of green energy, unless governments help

Poor households are locked out of green energy, unless governments help

It’s time for governments to get serious about helping everyone to join the energy transition, not just the most affluent.

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National Electricity Market has served its purpose – it’s time to move on

National Electricity Market has served its purpose – it’s time to move on

The NEM has failed. Its very narrow economic objective was to provide low prices, reliable and safe energy, and to act in the long term interests of consumers. It hasn’t.

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Battery storage just part of smart demand response to grid problems

Battery storage just part of smart demand response to grid problems

It is amazing how much is happening, even in Australia. There may yet be hope for Australia to become a low-carbon, successful 21st century economy!

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Counting the cost of Tony Abbott's war on renewables

Counting the cost of Tony Abbott’s war on renewables

Tony’s Abbott’s war on renewables was meant to reduce electricity prices. But it has done the opposite—and a lot more.

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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 avoiding future price hikes: develop more gas production resources. This path will fail.

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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Our outdated energy market model is falling apart.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.