18 Sep 2012

Future Shock - Our New Series On Energy

By Ben Eltham
Today we launch Future Shock, an investigative series devoted to the rapidly changing nature of energy in Australia. Ben Eltham on what you can expect from a month of data-driven journalism

Energy used to be boring. Big power plants burnt coal to create electricity, and big poles and wires carried it to your home. Demand always went up, and power was cheap. That's the way it has been in Australia for decades. Now it's changing, fast.

Suddenly, disruptive innovation is everywhere. The carbon price is here. A gas boom has drilled holes all over inland Australia. Renewable energy is getting cheaper and cheaper. Solar panels can make energy on your roof more cheaply than you can buy it from the grid. South Australia has so much wind, it's driven the wholesale price of electricity down there. And that guaranteed increase in demand, year-in, year-out? It's over. With consumers reeling from bill shock, electricity demand is now falling.

Energy is changing so fast that government and business are struggling to keep up. Whether it's restrictive rules on wind power to combat a health problem that doesn't exist, or a system for regulating the electricity industry that rewards energy companies at the expense of ordinary consumers, Australian energy is riddled with special interests, powerful lobby groups and thickets of red tape. Meanwhile, the world keeps on warming.

This special eight-part series from New Matilda explores the future of energy in Australia. Working with a team of dedicated interns from Australian journalism schools, I have spent the better part of 2012 researching the rapid transformation of energy in Australia.

We've done this series on a tight budget — if it's something you'd like to see more of on New Matilda, fund the site today. Every subscription helps us do more investigative and public interest journalism.

Over the next fortnight, we'll be exploring the transformation of Australia's energy sector, and what it means for ordinary Australians. What's causing your electricity bills to skyrocket? And what can we expect in the future?

We'll take you to outback Chinchilla in western Queensland, and to Waubra, the best known wind power battleground. We'll also explore the energy industry itself, and explain the way electricity is generated, distributed and sold to ordinary consumers. We'll look at major energy technologies, such as wind, solar and coal-seam gas, and we'll explain what "Green Power" really means. Finally, we'll get out the crystal ball.

Incorporating a detailed statistical snapshot of the Australian energy sector, dozens of interviews with industry experts and analysts, and field trips to affected communities, this major investigation will help you understand the ongoing transformation in a trillion dollar global industry that affects us all.

Today in Future Shock, read my first installment on the gas industry and Belinda Eslick's profile of the Queensland town of Chinchilla.

And don't forget to fund New Matilda here.

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evcricket
Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 12:21

This should be loads of fun! It is certainly a sector which could do with some statistical rigor.

paddybythesea
Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 12:35

Definitely looking forward to this.
Energy issues are so much more complex than three word slogans.
Best of all, if we can just fight our way past the traditional rent seekers, there's actually lots of good news as the price of renewable energy continues to fall.

Warwick Rowell
Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 18:24

Do you get into the "elephant in the room"? ie home generated power versus distributed power?

We got permission for a totally solar 70 house site subdivision by challenging "policy", and arguing that competition implies the ability to refuse all alternatives offered..

Since 1996 we have lived on solar panels, and now receive income from same.

Dallas Beaufort
Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 19:35

Big energy may fund you fact finding travels if you ask.

Deskimo
Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 07:28

It's exciting to see New Matilda do this kind of journalism Ben – and on a topic that is complex and confusing for most people. The Global Mail covered the basics well recently as im sure you know - http://www.theglobalmail.org/investigations/in/power-bill-surge/ - but a deeper, broader analysis is definitely needed across different states and sectors.

Interesting timing too as Choice just launched their Take the Power Back! campaign. See ...

http://www.choice.com.au/green-home/energy-campaign/take-the-power-back-...

pollypolly
Posted Friday, May 10, 2013 - 19:02

What to Look for in a Hard Drive That You Are Purchasing?
When you are going to buy laptop hard drive, it is extremely important to look for one that is going to be fast and large enough to accommodate all of your files and data needs. It
Yeah, it's just what I need, I'm about to have a new one
I always use Dell Hard Disk Drives, what about you, guys?
Gateway!!!lol

pollypolly
Posted Friday, May 10, 2013 - 19:02

What to Look for in a Hard Drive That You Are Purchasing?
When you are going to buy laptop hard drive, it is extremely important to look for one that is going to be fast and large enough to accommodate all of your files and data needs. It
Yeah, it's just what I need, I'm about to have a new one
I always use Dell Hard Disk Drives, what about you, guys?
Gateway!!!lol

pollypolly
Posted Friday, May 10, 2013 - 19:02

What to Look for in a Hard Drive That You Are Purchasing?
When you are going to

pollypolly
Posted Monday, May 13, 2013 - 00:57

Things to consider when shopping for the best hard disk drives
If you are shopping for the best laptop hard drive, you're going to have your work cut out for you, especially buy laptop hard drive online. Finding a reliable hard drive to purchase is not going to be as easy as 123. You may have to spend some time looking around on the Internet and doing some comparison shopping so that you can find a hard disk for sale that will satisfy your expectations and meet your needs as well, before you make a determine you can just know about the laptop hard drive cost in the field. Using a laptop means that you're going to need enough space to store your files, install your software and do everything that you want to do on the computer. There a lot of things to consider when you purchase a new hard drive for your laptop. Below, you will find with some of these things are and why it's important to shop around for hard disk drives for sale so that you can find the precise laptop hard drive that you want to buy.

1,Look for a hard disk drive that has enough space to meet your needs
Knowing how much space you need on your hard drive can be a difficult thing. Often times, people don't think they need much space but then they come to realize that they needed more than they originally thought. For instance, some people think that they just need to purchase a hard drive that is going to cover their files. For instance, if they have about 10 gigabytes of files, they may purchase just a 20 to 40 gigabyte hard drive. The problem with this is that you are not accounting for the operating system. If you plan to run an operating system like Linux or Windows on the computer, then you need to purchase a hard drive that has enough space to properly run the operating system and store your files. There are other things to keep in mind as well, for instance, what software are you going to be putting on the computer? Software can take up a lot of space on a computer, especially games and software that is very complex. These types of software titles can get up into several gigabytes of space, so you need to have a big enough hard drive to accommodate for these applications.

2,Remember that it's okay to go over what you need but it's not okay to go under
Of course, you can easily see there are so many laptop hard drive for sale online, when purchasing a hard drive, it's okay to purchase more gigabytes than you actually need, just like me, I love installing lots of games, so I bought a big sony laptop hard drive in advance. However, if you were to purchase less gigabytes than you actually need, this is not going to be okay because you won't be able to do the things that you want to do on your computer. Be sure to shoot for more disk space. Keep in mind that installing a hard drive on a laptop can be more complicated than installing a hard drive on a desktop computer. You also need to accommodate for the installation costs when you're going to have a company install this for you. Look online and do some comparison shopping so that you can find the best laptop hard drive for a price that makes sense for your budget.

Need more info about laptop hard drives or purchasing, please go harddrivestore.org

Thank you, useful.
Thank you, useful
But to be frank, it doesn't tell in detail what should we do to choose a best one, agree?
I don't think it's good to buy a new hard dirve, why not change the laptop? Lol.

pollypolly
Posted Monday, May 13, 2013 - 00:57

Things to consider when shopping for the best hard disk drives
If you are shopping for the best laptop hard drive, you're going to have your work cut out for you, especially buy laptop hard drive online. Finding a reliable hard drive to purchase is not going to be as easy as 123. You may have to spend some time looking around on the Internet and doing some comparison shopping so that you can find a hard disk for sale that will satisfy your expectations and meet your needs as well, before you make a determine you can just know about the laptop hard drive cost in the field. Using a laptop means that you're going to need enough space to store your files, install your software and do everything that you want to do on the computer. There a lot of things to consider when you purchase a new hard drive for your laptop. Below, you will find with some of these things are and why it's important to shop around for hard disk drives for sale so that you can find the precise laptop hard drive that you want to buy.

1,Look for a hard disk drive that has enough space to meet your needs
Knowing how much space you need on your hard drive can be a difficult thing. Often times, people don't think they need much space but then they come to realize that they needed more than they originally thought. For instance, some people think that they just need to purchase a hard drive that is going to cover their files. For instance, if they have about 10 gigabytes of files, they may purchase just a 20 to 40 gigabyte hard drive. The problem with this is that you are not accounting for the operating system. If you plan to run an operating system like Linux or Windows on the computer, then you need to purchase a hard drive that has enough space to properly run the operating system and store your files. There are other things to keep in mind as well, for instance, what software are you going to be putting on the computer? Software can take up a lot of space on a computer, especially games and software that is very complex. These types of software titles can get up into several gigabytes of space, so you need to have a big enough hard drive to accommodate for these applications.

2,Remember that it's okay to go over what you need but it's not okay to go under
Of course, you can easily see there are so many laptop hard drive for sale online, when purchasing a hard drive, it's okay to purchase more gigabytes than you actually need, just like me, I love installing lots of games, so I bought a big sony laptop hard drive in advance. However, if you were to purchase less gigabytes than you actually need, this is not going to be okay because you won't be able to do the things that you want to do on your computer. Be sure to shoot for more disk space. Keep in mind that installing a hard drive on a laptop can be more complicated than installing a hard drive on a desktop computer. You also need to accommodate for the installation costs when you're going to have a company install this for you. Look online and do some comparison shopping so that you can find the best laptop hard drive for a price that makes sense for your budget.

Need more info about laptop hard drives or purchasing, please go harddrivestore.org

Thank you, useful.
Thank you, useful
But to be frank, it doesn't tell in detail what should we do to choose a best one, agree?
I don't think it's good to buy a new hard dirve, why not change the laptop? Lol.

MarkErnie
Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 20:11

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