This week’s Australian energy circus

It was a week of drama, theatre and spectacle in Australian energy.

It started last weekend with battery systems Twitter bids between Atlassian’s Mike-Cannon Brookes and Tesla’s Elon Musk. 100MWh, 100 days, AU$250/kWh, or “it is free”.

On Tuesday, SA Premier Jay Weatherill announced a AU$550m plan for battery storage, gas turbine peak generators and incentives for gas development.

Wednesday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed the looming domestic gas supply crisis and extracted guarantees from LNG exporters to meet local demand.

On Thursday afternoon, tempers flared in an ugly on-camera conflict between Mr Weatherill and Commonwealth Energy Minster Josh Frydenberg. Oh, and Mr Turnbull announced AU$2 billion for some more hydro.

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Image: Murray Turbine Hall on the Snowy Mountains Hydro scheme. By Ear1grey / CC-BY-SA 3.0

This story is taken from the 17 March 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.