Energy policy

Strategy

13 Jul 2017

This plan outlines the action that the Victorian government is taking to encourage investment in our energy sector and to ensure Victorians continue to benefit from a renewable, affordable and reliable energy system into the future.

The Renewable Energy Action Plan invests $146 million...

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Report

28 Jun 2017

This study found that the current regulatory framework favours investing in network infrastructure – such as new poles and wires – over demand management involving energy providers helping consumers to reduce their power demand and bills.

The study, undertaken by the Institute for...

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Audio podcast

27 Jun 2017

The final report from the 'Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market' led by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, was presented at The University of Melbourne on Thursday 22 June as part of our second Energy Futures Seminar for 2017, co-hosted by the...

Briefing paper

16 Jun 2017

This paper follows the recent release of the Finkel Review report in June 2017. The Finkel Review finds the electricity system must achieve four key outcomes:

1. Lower emissions

2. Increased security...

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Report

14 Jun 2017

The Energy Efficiency Council have launched the first edition of the Australian Energy Efficiency Policy Handbook. This is a comprehensive guide to the policies that are essential to drive ambitious energy efficiency improvements in Australia.

The handbook has been developed in...

Commentary

10 Jun 2017

Chief scientist, Alan Finkel, got a lot of people very excited when he released his draft report into Australia energy security last December, less than three months after the September blackout put conservatives into a flap over wind and solar.

We were in the midst of an unstoppable...

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Strategy

09 Jun 2017

The Blueprint for the Future delivers a plan to maintain security and reliability in the National Electricity Market (NEM) in light of the significant transition underway, including due to rapid technological change.

The blueprint sets out a vision for the future, with four key...

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Policy report

02 Jun 2017

Provides the Queensland Government’s detailed response to the Renewable Energy Expert Panel’s final report recommendations on increasing renewable energy production to 50%.

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Report

24 May 2017

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017 presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this fourth edition, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds that renewable energy employed 9.8 million...

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Report

03 May 2017

The purpose of the annual administrative report is to account for the performance of the two schemes that make up the Renewable Energy Target and to explain how it is administered in accordance with legislation. Like all policy instruments, the Renewable Energy Target operates in a context....

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Evaluation

01 May 2017

Based on the final project reports provided by grant recipients, there is clear evidence the programme assisted local councils and community groups to increase their energy efficiency. While the current Australian Government does not plan to introduce an emissions trading scheme (ETS), these...

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Guide

28 Apr 2017

This toolkit is designed as a first step in helping countries, cities and experts in developing, adopting and implementing their codes. In its present form, this toolkit is set out as a useful reference, but also as a means of assessing the potential of such information to help governments and...

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Strategy

27 Apr 2017

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and the peak national body representing gas distribution and electricity transmission and distribution businesses in Australia, Energy Networks Australia, have partnered to develop an Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap (the Roadmap). 

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Research report

25 Apr 2017

This Energy Transitions Commission report, launched on 25 April 2017, sets out achievable pathways to limit global warming to well below 2˚C while stimulating economic development and social progress.

The report argues that we must reduce carbon emissions by half by 2040 (compared to a...

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Policy report

04 Apr 2017

Historical approaches to energy and development are out of date and out of time. Achieving universal energy access by 2030, as envisioned in Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), will require a thoroughly different approach that focuses on radically accelerating access to energy at the country...

Audio interview

28 Mar 2017

Australia's east coast gas crisis has prompted calls from big industrial energy users to set aside some gas for domestic consumers, replicating a policy already in place in Western Australia.

The oil and gas industry is fighting any such move, and has made its opposition clear in the days...

Discussion paper

24 Mar 2017

The Australian Government is committed to addressing climate change while at that same time ensuring we maintain energy security and affordability. The Government recognises that in reducing emissions and meeting our international commitments there are economic impacts to be balanced. Through...

Research report

23 Mar 2017

Australia’s peak gas industry bodies have released their vision for the future of gas in the Australian community.

Gas is essential to our economy and modern lifestyles. In the future, gas will continue to be essential as Australia makes the transformation to a cleaner energy future....

Audio interview

17 Mar 2017

Over the past decade, one of the most difficult and fractured policy areas has been climate change, energy security and power prices. Just before the 2007 election, former Liberal Prime John Howard belatedly embraced a price on carbon and emissions trading and in 2009 Malcolm Turnbull also...

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Strategy

14 Mar 2017

The national energy market is failing South Australia and the nation. Our country, with its abundance of solar, wind and gas resources, is now facing an energy crisis. We also have a system that puts profits before people.

While coal-fired power stations across Australia are shutting down...