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Green steel deal

With the world’s eyes on the COP26 event in Glasgow in recent weeks, we may be looking on the wrong direction for the next major step on decarbonisation. Bilateral trade pacts centred around a US-EU alliance may be the way forward and may give Australia pause for thought on its own approach. The first step

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One day our EV’s will come

Australia has a glory box approach to electric vehicles. We’re not going to do anything to accelerate EV supply, but we are going to prepare for them. This means installing thousands of charging stations that risk outnumbering the actual cars they intend to supply. Why so coy on a popular technology? The Federal Government policy

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Seal of approval, or kiss of death?

On Friday, Australia’s energy ministers met and quietly signed off on the Post-2025 package of reforms presented to them by the Energy Security Board. It was not, however, the triumphant return of the market that some had hoped for. Rather energy ministers agreed to give themselves more power to manage the energy transition. This may

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Can you be made redundant before you’ve started work?

The problem with a rapidly changing electricity system, is sometimes it changes so fast that by the time you have installed a technical solution, it is already redundant. That may be the case with $180 million worth of large spinning machines which are just about to come on line in the live experiment that is

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Household electrification is unlikely to produce free money

Households consume around 30 per cent of Australia’s total energy account. They’ve historically been the most expensive to supply, have the most volatile demand and are most politically sensitive customers on the grid. One way to reduce household greenhouse emissions is to use zero emissions electricity for natural gas and run an electric car on

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Our own European gas shortage

Australia is the world’s second biggest gas exporter, yet still we may face a regional version of the current European-styled gas supply crunch. Nationals leaders need not worry: Queensland is not affected. The ground zero of this looming gas shortage is Victoria, the result of declining local production and infrastructure constraints. How this gas market

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