Electricity

Report

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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Commentary

09 Sep 2017

One of the most common debates in economics is when should government intervene in markets? Government itself – judging by its recent actions – clearly thinks the answer should be ‘quite often’. Can there be any doubt that intervention is increasing, not just in energy markets — see the furore...

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Report

06 Sep 2017

Australia’s energy system is undergoing unprecedented transformation. Evidence of these radical transformations can be seen in the portfolio of supply resources in the National Electricity Market (NEM) over the last decade. Since 2014, new supply resources entering the NEM have been...

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Guide

05 Sep 2017

This set of resources outlines what you need to know to get a small-scale community solar project off the ground. Specifically, this Guide aims to help community energy groups to understand:

x The models of community solar that we know work in the current context

x The legal...

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Report

31 Aug 2017

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NEM electricity generation emissions down slightly

Total emissions from electricity generation in the NEM fell quite sharply in the year to June 2017, compared with the year ending just one month earlier.

Brown coal...

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Discussion paper

28 Aug 2017

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has published draft versions of its new demand management incentive scheme and innovation allowance mechanism. The scheme and allowance mechanism will complement our ongoing reforms targeting consumer choice and more efficient network pricing outcomes. These...

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Report

24 Aug 2017

The intent of this report is to examine approaches to ensuring Australia’s energy sources are resilient.

It discusses Australia’s energy continuity needs from a complex system-of-systems perspective and details several systemic vulnerabilities that contribute to potential gaps in the...

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Working paper

21 Aug 2017

As the energy market transforms, the nature of frequency control in the National Electricity Market (NEM) will change as new services are likely to be needed to complement existing mechanisms. This provides opportunities for applications of fast frequency response (FFR) to play a role in...

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Research report

15 Aug 2017

Enabling or ‘set-and-forget’ technologies, such as smart home control devices, are increasingly being advocated by the energy industry, policy makers and researchers as a way to complement and improve residential demand response. While Australia has pioneered trials of enabling technologies,...

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Report

13 Aug 2017

When competition was introduced into Victoria’s retail energy market in 2002, it was anticipated to generate consumer benefits through lower costs of supply and innovative product development. It was expected that low barriers to entry would attract new competitors and reduce the commercial...

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09 Aug 2017

An emerging body of research shows people are making sacrifices to pay utility bills, including cutting back on food and going without heating, cooling or lighting. Echoing this research, VCOSS members had warned us people on low incomes were reducing energy and water use in ways most people...

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Audio interview

09 Aug 2017

Australia now has the world's highest electricity prices, so there's never been a better time to know exactly what you're paying and if you can get a cheaper deal.

But it's time consuming to sort through all the offers, and if you sign up to a short-term discount, you may not realise when...

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25 Jul 2017

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has released its fourth annual review of the state of competition in retail energy markets across the national electricity market which includes Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory....

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Report

18 Jul 2017

The Australian Energy Market Commission has published its final stage one report on drivers that impact new investment in generation and electricity transmission networks. It recommends that the review progress to a second stage. This provides an opportunity to identify ways to better coordinate...

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Guide

17 Jul 2017

Rooftop solar panels are more affordable than ever and the people of NSW are making the most of this clean energy opportunity. More than 350,000 of our households are already harnessing the power of the sun. Battery storage gives people the power to bank their solar supply and be able to use it...

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Policy report

13 Jul 2017

Australian governments are proposing to fund and build billions of dollars’ worth of new electricity generation capacity as the solution to our energy security crisis

Regardless of whether investments like Snowy 2.0 or ideas for ‘clean’ coal power stations go ahead, these supply-side...

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Report

12 Jul 2017

The Australia Institute has released the Electricity Update of the National Energy Emissions Audit (The Audit*) for July 2017.

The report, by renowned energy analyst Dr Hugh Saddler, reveals...

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Survey

06 Jul 2017

The Energy Consumer Sentiment Survey is a long-term project for Energy Consumers Australia. It is designed to provide information on household and small business consumer sentiment with a focus on the three key areas of satisfaction, confidence and activity. As the survey is undertaken every six...

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Report

03 Jul 2017

Energy sector specialists from Solstice Development Services and power sector engineers GHD have examined the cost of building new HELE plants in Australia and the implications for wholesale electricity charges.

The report considers this against the backdrop of coal plant closures...

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Report

29 Jun 2017

This 2017 Electricity Forecasting Insights provides independent electricity consumption, maximum demand, and minimum demand forecasts1 for each National Electricity Market (NEM) region over a 20-year forecast period (2017–18 to 2036–37).

· Consumption met by grid-supplied electricity is...

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