From fossil fools to clean energy champions: charting a way out of Australia’s energy crisis

22.06.22 By
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As complex as it seems, Australia’s energy crisis is, at its most fundamental level, a failure to move more swiftly beyond fossil fuels, and in particular, it is a result of clinging to the false promise of gas. 

The solution is two-fold: Australia must accelerate the transition to a modern energy system powered by renewables and storage; and, we have to prioritise investment in energy efficiency. This includes supporting lower-income households with cost of living pressures. 

This briefing paper outlines the key factors behind recent energy price rises and how State and Federal Governments can best respond.

Recommendations for governments

Gas provides only 8% of electricity generation in Australia, but has an oversized impact on driving up energy prices.