The Energy Security Board presented this high-level design of the guarantee to the COAG Energy Council, following a two month consultation process and the review of more than 150 submissions received from a broad range of groups and individuals.
State energy ministers meet this week to discuss the National Energy Guarantee. While the policy has been criticised as too modest, it would put us light years ahead of the previous climate policy paralysis.
Cheap energy has underpinned the international competitiveness of the manufacturing sector Australia-wide. This report argues that not only has this advantage been lost, it has been destroyed by government policy and the deceptive market practices of LNG producers.
Renewable energy needs to be scaled up at least six times faster for the world to start to meet the goals set out in the Paris Agreement. The historic climate accord from 2015 seeks, at minimum, to limit average global temperature rise to “well below...
This briefing paper summarises key concerns from the Climate Council, and raised by other stakeholders, about the federal government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG).
An emissions trading system (ETS) is a market-based mechanism that is applied to achieve emissions targets at least cost. By fixing a quantity of emissions (the cap), requiring that companies surrender one allowance for each unit of emissions generated and making the allowance tradable, a...
Emissions trading systems (ETSs) as a cost-effective instrument for emissions control in the power sector are now being implemented or considered across a diverse set of jurisdictions. However, regulation in the power sector may impede or alter the functioning of an ETS. In this paper,...
Demand-side management (DSM) policy refers to government policies for managing energy consumption in order to meet environmental and energy security objectives. The broader term of demand-side management encompasses energy efficiency, demand response and on-site generation and storage. A comprehensive meta-evaluation of the global evidence base...
Regional scale collaboration on climate change adaptation is an important consideration for governments. This report is based on a project that explored the relationship between legal and policy frameworks and cross-border collaboration on climate change adaptation in the Australian Capital Region (ACR).
This Climate Council roadmap outlines how Australia can cut its rising greenhouse gas pollution levels, while continuing the transition to clean, affordable and reliable renewable energy and storage technology.
Developing new gas resources in New Zealand is a shortsighted strategy that could lead to stranded assets, argues Ralph Sims.
The AEMC has recommended changes to give regulators oversight over a wider range of pipeline services, and to allow all stakeholders, including pipeline users, to have more input into regulators’ decisions on appropriate prices, services and conditions. This would mean pipeline users are better represented...
The February 2018 electricity update reviews the performance of the South Australian 'big battery.' The audit shows that Australia’s energy system is in transition, regardless of the political turmoil the change is creating.
This reports aims to assist the Sino-Australian bilateral relationship adapt to meet China’s new carbon emissions policies and to facilitate a smoother transition to a low carbon future.
The first public consultation paper for the National Energy Guarantee has been released by the independent Energy Security Board. The guarantee’s intention is to deliver more reliable, affordable and cleaner energy to Australian consumers.
This report provides an introduction to community-owned renewable energy. It includes Australian and international examples to show that this is a growing and important sector.
Australia is seeking to design a ‘reliability mechanism’ as part of the Turnbull Government’s National Energy Guarantee. This working paper provides analysis and suggestions on how to design the mechanism and how it might work.
Few issues have resonated in Australian public discourse over the past few years like energy prices. Both household and business consumers have suffered the consequences of years of policy inertia, inconsistency and a lack of forward thinking by energy policy makers that have created a...
Electricity prices have become a political hot potato, and the blame game has been running unchecked for more than a year, writes David Blowers.