ECI in the media

High gas prices have left Adelaide’s Pelican Point power station running at less than half its capacity. Peripitus/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA
10 February 2017
Last Wednesday evening, shortly after 6pm local time, around 90,000 homes and businesses in South Australia were deliberately disconnected from the electricity grid for up to an...
Even the cleanest coal plants add millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere each year.
2 February 2017
Following a campaign by the coal industry, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has argued for new coal-fired power stations in Australia. But these plants would be more expensive than...
With the right mix, the grid can go fully renewable for the same cost and reliability as fossil fuels. Pixabay/Wikimedia Commons
2 February 2017
In a speech to the National Press Club yesterday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared that the key requirements for Australia’s electricity system are that it should be...
17 January 2017
This article by Matthew Hole was originally published in the Conversation. In a world struggling to kick its addiction to fossil fuels and feed its growing appetite for energy...
15 December 2016
Honorary Associate Professor Hugh Saddler outlines the real reasons why electricity prices are rising.  Electricity bills are set to rise further for households,...
8 December 2016
This article by Professor Roger Bradbury was published by ANU Reporter.  A one-day shutdown led to hundreds of millions of dollars in losses to the economy, disruptions to...
Coal power stations Coal Power Stations are major sources of mercury pollution in Australia. AAP Image/Julian Smith
18 November 2016
This article by Dr James Prest was originally published on The Conversation.  While the Australian government congratulates itself on ratifying the Paris Agreement on...
Australia’s LNG exports have driven domestic gas prices higher. AAP Image/Origin Energy
25 October 2016
This article by Emeritus Professor Andrew Hopkins was originally published by The Conversation.  Putting a price on carbon would benefit the Australian gas industry, at...
It took BP 87 days to cap the Gulf of Mexico spill. EPA/Bevil Knapp
23 September 2016
This article by Emeritus Professor Andrew Hopkins was originally published by The Conversation. Australia’s offshore petroleum industry regulator is set to rule next week...
Gulf of Mexico oil blowout
16 September 2016
This article by Emeritus Professor Andrew Hopkins was originally published by The Conversation.  The Guardian newspaper recently hit a wall of non-response when it raised...
1 September 2016
Natural gas has a clear role to play as part of the transition to cleaner forms of energy. Here, Andrew Hopkins outlines several things that the petroleum industry can do to help...
Sliver cells with Andrew Blakers and Klaus Weber
31 August 2016
The following is an open letter to parliamentarians from 182 members of Australia’s solar research community, co-ordinated by Professor Andrew Blakers.  It was...
Windbacks to solar subsidies may encourage larger systems.  Solar panel image from www.shutterstock.jpg
16 August 2016
This article by Professor Andrew Blakers was originally published on The Conversation.  Solar households in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales will this year...
Wind turbines.  Photo: James Prest
26 July 2016
South Australia's electricity price spikes during this month's calm weather have been blamed on its reliance on wind turbines. But a bigger problem is the rising price of...
6 July 2016
This article by, David Kainer and Carsten Kulheim, was originally published by The Conversation.  Australia’s economy may have ridden on the sheep’s back but...
Solar photovoltaics, along with wind energy, now represent the bulk of new Australian energy. AAP Image/ARENA
27 June 2016
Across the world, solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind are the dominant clean energy technologies. This dominance is likely to become overwhelming over the next few years, preventing...
Powering political consensus ANU energy Change Institute
21 June 2016
A bright energy future in Australia depends on greater policy agreement between all political parties, writes Professor Ken Baldwin, Director of the Energy Change Institute....
Tackling Australian policy's trauma zone
21 June 2016
It’s been a case of one step forward, two steps back, for Australia’s climate policy in recent times. It’s up to the next parliament to get things moving, Paul...
Electric car charging station
5 June 2016
Make no mistake, Australia is in the grips of a long love affair with cars. According to ABS data, we collectively own 13.5 million of them, and we purchase over 1.1 million every...
25 May 2016
This article by Professor Andrew Blakers was originally published in the Canberra Times. Australia has agreed to limit global temperature rise to "well below" 2...

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