PM suggests public money could be used to subsidise gas pipelines in northern Australia, as well as underwriting rail plans of Indian coal giant Adani.
Just how long can the Australian government and gas industry continue the charade that there might be a solution to surging domestic gas prices? It beggars belief that business is not following lead of households and smaller commercial users and investing in cheap and cleaner alternatives for power and heat.
Market rules again under focus as SA generators push up prices, and regulator report documents another incidence when gas plant “failures” and rebidding pushed prices to stratospheric levels.
ABC political commentators are in the nasty habit of parroting fossil fuel myths as if they are fact. This is a problem for viewers.
Many are proposing the obvious, but wrong, solution to avoiding future price hikes: develop more gas production resources. This path will fail.
South Australia to build country’s biggest battery storage plant via tender, as well as adding gas plant as “back-up”, creating a new “energy security target” and giving energy minister new powers to intervene in electricity market.
What drove Victoria’s wholesale electricity market prices up 46% in 2016? We put the screws on the historical data to find out.
New study suggests biggest threat to Australia’s energy security comes not from wind and solar, but from the control settings of coal and gas plants. It’s a revelation that should turn the debate around renewables vs fossil on its head.
While the Finkel Review recognises Australia’s “energy trilemma” – security, affordability and sustainability – we have a market that recognises only the first two of these objectives.
With high gas prices partly to blame for the electricity blackouts that hit SA this month, and gas-fired generators caught short in NSW two days later, there are calls for Australia’s onshore gas to flow much more freely.
Last Wednesday around 90,000 homes and businesses in South Australia were deliberately disconnected from the electricity grid for up to an hour. So why did it actually happen?