Rooftop solar exports are subsidising others, and we should stop treating this technology as if they were big fossil fuel generators.
One hour spent on Zoom generates less CO2 than driving a car a kilometre. Going virtual is actually a good thing for emissions.
Energy Networks Australia’s Gas Vision 2050 update study claims net-zero emissions can be reached with hydrogen at half the cost of electrification. But it’s a fragile claim.
As battery and pumped hydro developers try to figure out the storage equation for Australia’s grid, there is still not enough focus on demand management.
We won’t completely shift from gas soon, but the amount of gas we need will decline. And the smarter, more innovative and more productive we are, the faster demand for gas will decline.
Victoria has a winter gas problem, but many smart solutions. Somehow, though, we end up bogged down in debates about gas exploration and LNG gas terminals. It’s bizarre.
The gas industry marketing people chose an unfortunate example to promote its wares – cooking food.
Compressed air systems, often called ‘the fourth utility’ after electricity, gas and water and used in drying, assembly, blow moulding and paint spraying, are often shockingly inefficient.
Our electricity market was never fit for purpose, and the barriers to fundamental change are challenging and deeply ingrained in energy culture.
What happens beyond the immediate crisis will depend on how governments, business and households react. Here are some possibilities.