Batteries beat baseload
Adam Giles, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, should know better than making solar and wind the scapegoat for energy price rises (‘Call for summit on energy crisis’, 18 July).
Variable and trustworthy
Reporter Michael Owen was a little too emotive when he described renewable energy as ‘untrustworthy’ (‘Warning of an energy crisis to hit nation’, 16 July). The accepted term is ‘variable’ and it has become clear that our energy system can readily handle high levels of variable generation.
Facts are no fun for anti-wind campaigners
The folk who predicted the carbon price would give us $100 legs of lamb, that China's demand for coal would keep rising, and that NSW would run out gas are at it again. Wind energy, we are now told, is ruining the economy. Run for the hills!
'Mr Coal's' super ministry and the challenges of merging energy with the environment
Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to merge the environment and energy portfolios could lead to a breakthrough in the toxic climate politics that was unleashed when Tony Abbott rolled him in the December 2009 leadership coup.
Gas exports cook up electricity price spikes in South Australia
Extreme price spikes in the South Australian electricity market sees gas generators taking advantage of a market failure at the expense of businesses and households.
Election 2016: Why the BCA doesn't deserve public influence
The Business Council of Australia and the Liberal party just lost a debate with Bill Shorten about the economy. Badly.
CEDEX: Gas generation falls for 18th month in succession
The year to June 2016 saw a continuation of the slowdown in demand growth first seen last month.
Total emissions from electricity generation in the NEM fell slightly in the year to June 2016. Annual emissions were 5.7% higher than in the year to June 2014.
There have been a lot of big claims made about cutting company tax cuts.
The Australia Institute has looked at the evidence and our research suggests that the 'jobs and growth' claim doesn't stack up. What is clear is that cutting the company tax rate will put a very big, permanent and growing hole in the nation's budget bottom line. This policy will cost Australia billions, that is certain, and where that money will end up - or who wins? We summarised our research in this short TV commercial:
Between 29 February and 8 March 2016 The Australia Institute conducted a national opinion poll of 1412 people, through Research Now, with nationally representative samples by gender, age and state or territory.
The poll asked “Which, if any, of the following government ministers have you heard of?” Names of politicians names were presented, in randomised order, and respondents could select as many as they had heard of, or select “none”.
Results are presented in the pdf below, sorted by response rate.
New polling released by The Australia Institute shows that a majority of Australian voters (63.4%) want Tony Abbott to retire, including half (50.9%) of Coalition voters.
"Across all demographics, gender and voting intentions the electorate think the former prime minister should retire," said Executive Director of The Australia Institute, Ben Oquist.
"While that is obviously a matter for him, it looks like the public has moved on from Abbott-era policies and is looking for something new."