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Articles by Mike Sandiford

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We really must talk about gas

We really must talk about gas

Over the last year wholesale electricity prices have been falling just about everywhere across the developed world except here in Australia, where they are skyrocketing.

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SA energy "crisis": Arrium's requiem and the events of July 7

SA energy “crisis”: Arrium’s requiem and the events of July 7

The events of July 7, and how we interpret them, will have ongoing implications for future business investment and how we meet the decarbonisation challenge.

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Hazelwood's super-profits highlight tangled web of energy policy

Hazelwood’s super-profits highlight tangled web of energy policy

Are Australia’s electricity market prices being manipulated by our electricity oligarchs to improve their bottom lines before the end of the financial year? Or do the high prices reflect a fundamental shift in market dynamics?

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The cost issue this election ignored: the doubling of electricity prices

The cost issue this election ignored: the doubling of electricity prices

Wholesale electricity prices have doubled since the last federal poll, but they don’t seem to be an election issue. Why would that be?

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The will of government - not coal - is key to energy access …

The will of government – not coal – is key to energy access …

Bhutan shows it is not really coal or any other source of energy that is the missing ingredient in providing electricity to children of the Third World.

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Goodbye Northern coal, hello sunlight?

Goodbye Northern coal, hello sunlight?

On Monday, 50 years of coal generation in South Australia ended with the closure of the Northern power station. But Northern’s shutdown does not mean that South Australian power supply is coal-free.

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Malcolm Turnbull has been our hottest PM. And that's not OK

Malcolm Turnbull has been our hottest PM. And that’s not OK

Malcolm Turnbull’s time as prime minister has seen the biggest jump in average temperatures than any other Australian leader. Can he take the heat?

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Praying for rain

Praying for rain

Tasmania may be experiencing a long term shift in precipitation of the ilk seen in south-western Western Australia over the last 50 years.

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Winds of - not so much - change

Winds of – not so much – change

As the cheapest of the current grid connected renewable generation sources, wind attracts more than its share of commentary.

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Tasmania missing $2.8bn opportunity for big clean energy exports

Tasmania missing $2.8bn opportunity for big clean energy exports

Carbon pricing provided a glimpse of the opportunity of Tasmanian to became a major export of clean electricity in a carbon constrained world.

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Greg Hunt - and the blinkered attitudes on carbon pricing

Greg Hunt – and the blinkered attitudes on carbon pricing

The carbon tax did achieve very substantial reductions in emissions across the sectors to which it applied.