It was the type of callout emergency service personnel dread.
The world is getting brighter, but US scientists say that may not be a good thing.
Australia will need up to three-quarters of its electricity coming from renewables by 2030 if it is to cut emissions in the cheapest way under a clean energy target.
Consumers will have to pay for generators to be kept on stand-by to fill shortfalls in electricity during summer peaks or face the prospect of blackouts.
South Australians and Victorians face the risk of four-hour blackouts over summer unless governments follow through on plans for new battery storage and diesel generators.
The federal government is talking to the owners of a NSW coal-fired power station about how it can convince them to keep it open beyond its slated closure date.
Soaring costs associated with council rates, electricity and insurance are driving increases in commercial building operating costs which far exceed the rate of general inflation, the latest report has found.
South Australia will buy nine new generators to overcome any shortfalls in electricity during summer and cut the risk of blackouts.