Infrastructure that Americans rely on to heat their homes and power their lights are all becoming more exposed to failure in a changing climate.
Looking back at the World Bank’s one and only 1959 nuclear project, it’s hardly surprising it finds renewable energy a far more attractive investment.
The German city of Freiburg has an Australian-born mayor and an ambitious plan for renewables and urban sustainability. Like most green initiatives in Germany, it has its origins in the hatred of nuclear, but its approach is fast becoming mainstream.
UK has decided to build two new nuclear reactors. But steady growth of small wind and microgeneration may offer better prospects a decade from now.
UK deal heralds the first new British nuclear power station in a generation. But if costs don’t come down, it could be a one off.
The Grattan Institute’s study into Australia’s energy future canvasses seven technologies that could help deliver an 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050 – wind, solar PV, solar thermal, geothermal, CCS, nuclear and bio-energy. And then there is the grid, and it’s need to be smart and play fair, and not just favour the incumbent coal and gas plants.