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10 Sep 2017

Australia should start work immediately on an electricity ‘capacity mechanism’ in case it is needed to ensure reliable supplies, encourage investment in new generation, and reduce the threat of shortages and blackouts.

But the cost of such peace of mind would ultimately fall on consumers...

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Research report

21 May 2017

Urgent action is needed to reduce the risk of power blackouts and restrictions across eastern Australia this summer. The state-wide blackout in South Australia last September and a series of smaller outages and incidents over the past 18 months exposed weaknesses in the system and underscored...

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14 Mar 2017

Competition in electricity retailing hasn’t delivered what was promised: lower prices for consumers. The failure is worst in Victoria, the state with the most retailers and the longest experience of deregulation. Profit margins appear to be higher than in other retail sectors – and more than...

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25 Sep 2016

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On the night of 7 July, the wind was hardly blowing in South Australia and the sun had gone down. Two coal plants had closed earlier that year, and an electricity connection that provides power from Victoria was effectively closed for upgrades. As a result, gas...

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10 Apr 2016

After a decade of toxic political debates and a policy bonfire, there is an opportunity to forge a stable and compelling policy on climate change that could be supported by both sides of politics.

Abipartisan approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions is within reach. This policy...

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Working paper

15 Dec 2015

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Australia has begun to address climate change. The Commonwealth Government has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26–28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. But we do not have a comprehensive, credible domestic policy framework to achieve this...

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24 May 2015

The journey to a new model of electricity delivery in Australia has begun, but has so far seen mistakes and much waste. If the transformation is managed poorly, consumers will pay again.

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An energy revolution is at hand in Australia, as the arrival of home...

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