Energy policy

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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Discussion paper

15 Apr 2017

In this paper, we investigate the role that a Contract-for-Difference (CFD) feed-in tariff might play in underpinning increased investment in renewable energy in Australia. We investigate two particular CFD designs: two-way and a one-way CFD. We develop a financial model that is capable of...

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Historical approaches to energy and development are out of date and out of time.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...

Audio interview

09 Mar 2017

After twelve years of advocating for climate policy action in Australia, the Climate Institute will close it's doors in June, blaming a lack of funds.

He says that the re-emergence of the ideological divide on climate and energy policy under Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been 'one...

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Submission

03 Mar 2017

• The National Electricity Market was established in the context of a national productivity reform agenda aimed at delivering markets that are competitive where possible, and well -regulated where not.

• The NEM was established to introduce competition in the electricity sector and to...

Research report

23 Feb 2017

With Sustainability Victoria’s (SV’s) refocus on supporting the community to act on climate change, the need for reliable intelligence on current community attitudes, beliefs, behaviours and expectations of government in the area of climate change was needed to inform policy and program...

Research report

20 Feb 2017

This review analyses the energy policy challenges facing New Zealand and provides recommendations to help guide the country towards a more secure, sustainable and affordable energy future. In 2016, the IEA decided to modernise the reviews by shifting their focus to key energy security challenges...

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Audio program

13 Feb 2017

There are concerns that a campaign to scrap state-based renewable energy targets will seriously hinder investment opportunities in South Australia.

Liberal opposition parties in three states have proposed dumping the target and leaving it to the federal government to set renewable energy...

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Audio program

09 Feb 2017

The latest South Australian blackout is playing into the political debate in Canberra about national energy policy.

The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is again calling on state Labor governments to abandon aggressive renewable energy targets and get behind his government's more modest...

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Commentary

Article

08 Feb 2017

It seems that you can ask the Coalition government pretty much any question – about plunging polls, Donald Trump, Cory Bernardi or even the weather – and the answer will always be the same: “We’re focused on electricity prices.”

Great. But what exactly is the Coalition doing about them?...

Research report

17 Jan 2017

This content analysis of smart home control marketing materials indicates that the promoted benefits of these devices are not strongly aligned with energy policy objectives. Only one of 11 themes identified relates to energy and cost savings. Further, load shifting was not mentioned or promoted...

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Audio program

12 Jan 2017

2017 is set to be a big year for the government on climate policy.

The Finkel Review of the National Electricity Market will be released this year and the government will also undertake a review of its own climate policies.

To give us a taste of what policy options the government...

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Research report

09 Dec 2016

In 2015, the Australian Commonwealth Government committed to reducing Australia’s carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. As the electricity sector accounts for around one-third of Australia’s emissions, efforts to reduce economy-wide emissions...

Policy report

30 Nov 2016

The Queensland Government has committed to investigating a renewable energy target for Queensland of 50% by 2030. To help deliver on this commitment, the Government has established the Renewable Energy Expert Panel to provide advice on credible pathways to achieving a 50% renewable energy target...

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