The Victorian government is demanding the operator of Australia's main electricity grid explain how the state came close to losing electricity during the recent extreme heatwave to ensure NSW avoided power outages, adding to calls for a wider inquiry.
Peter Hannam is Environment Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald. He covers broad environmental issues ranging from climate change to renewable energy for Fairfax Media.
A new wave of solar energy is about to crest and it won't just be households benefiting.
Ballarat and Bendigo faced losing electricity during the recent great eastern Australian heatwave so NSW could avoid power cuts, underscoring the parlous state of the country's grid.
Environmental groups want more time to consider the impacts of Santos' Narrabri CSG project that will include as many as 850 wells, producing more than 100 tonnes of waste salt alone per day.
Caltex Australia has been fined $400,000 and ordered to pay court costs for an uncontrolled fuel discharge at its Port Botany terminal.
Labor's climate change spokesman Mark Butler has dismissed as "rubbish" widely circulating claims that Federal ALP had dropped its goal of achieving half of the nation's electricity will be supplied by renewable sources by 2030.
Unusually warm sea temperatures and the prospect for more to come have reef scientists worried that the Great Barrier Reef may experience another major coral bleaching event. And Sydney is also under threat.
The booming market for home storage could be thrown into disarray if proposed safety guidelines force owners to move their battery units outside.
Consumers are voters and they won't forget who is to blame if there's a meltdown in our nation's energy supplies.
Tomago Aluminium, Australia's largest smelter and the state's largest electricity user, has been ordered to dramatically reduce power consumption for a second day as a record heatwave strains NSW's power sector.