Think small and kick out coal

The case for ditching centralised fossil fuels and slashing energy network spending: a new report says smaller can be better, cheaper and cleaner. Welcome to the energy culture wars.

If Australia is going to meet its targets on reducing emissions from its energy sector and keeping energy prices under control, it’s going to need some revolutionary thinking from somewhere. And it needs to come quick, because the decisions taken over the next couple of years on spending tens of billions of dollar in energy infrastructure is likely to lock Australia into a path from where it will be difficult to reverse. Are the policy makers listening?

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