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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

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...

Fact sheet

23 Jun 2017

This policy guide note synthesises the findings of the final report for RP3038: Lower Income Barriers to Low Carbon Living. 

In summary:

  • Broad engagement with lower income households, industry, government and other stakeholders reveals that energy deprivation is an increasing
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Briefing paper

15 Jun 2017

In the context of energy reforms to address peak electricity demand in Australia, this briefing paper provides a critical review of cost-reflective electricity pricing policy and the potential impacts of heatwaves and other extreme heat events in vulnerable households.

It constitutes the...

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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Discussion paper

31 May 2017

The Inquiry follows recent work undertaken by a number of organisations – including the Australian Energy Market Commission, Energy Consumers Australia and the Grattan Institute – which highlighted recent electricity price increases on the East Coast of Australia. Similar issues were raised in...

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Research report

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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Research report

13 Feb 2017

This research note summarises the methods and results of an analysis of household energy costs for Australia. Energy costs have increased sharply in recent years placing an increasing burden on household living costs. This paper does not attempt to explain the industry drivers of cost increases...

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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?...

Discussion paper

30 Jan 2017

Victoria has been at the forefront of initiatives to reform and deregulate the energy sector. Reforms implemented from the 1990s onward, including the privatisation of the former State Electricity Commission of Victoria, have transformed the competitive landscape. Full retail contestability was...

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Commentary

Article

02 Jan 2017

Australia’s homes are notoriously “leaky” – allowing the uncontrolled flow of heat into and out of the building. Our answer has been to put in more and more pumps, in the form of air conditioning. This is often promoted as a feature, rather than an indication of a poor-quality building!

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Audio program

15 Dec 2016

Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, says he's confident the federal government will accept his advice when he delivers his review into the National Electricity Market next year. His preliminary report released last Friday said an emissions intensity scheme was the best way to address...

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Research report

14 Dec 2016

The AEMC’s annual report on household price trends looks at what is driving changes in the underlying cost components of household electricity bills. It analyses the competitive market sectors of wholesale generation and retail; the regulated networks sector; and price implications from...

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Research report

09 Dec 2016

This Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market Preliminary Report identifies the complex forces driving a rapid transition across the electricity sector.

It seeks input on key questions to navigate the transition in line with consumer expectations for...

Research report

07 Dec 2016

The St Vincent de Paul Society, in conjunction with Alviss Consulting, has been tracking changes to residential energy tariffs and reporting on household impacts since 2010.

Initially the Tariff-Tracking project only covered Victoria but has since expanded to include New South Wales,...

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Research report

06 Dec 2016

This report has been publicly released following a two year work program involving hundreds of stakeholders, an evidence base of 19 expert reports and unprecedented analysis of energy system outcomes to 2050.

The report identifies integrated measures which can achieve a positive energy...

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Commentary

Article

31 Oct 2016

The ongoing uncertainty over the future of the Hazelwood power station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley has raised the prospect that the ageing generator will be shut down in the near future.

The power station has a nameplate capacity of 1.6 gigawatts, which represents 22% of the coal-fired...

Transcript

26 Oct 2016

The massive transition going on in our energy systems occupies a lot of minds in the electricity sector. But consumers – both business and households - also have a deep interest in maintaining reliable, affordable energy services. Every business depends on access to energy, as we saw in the SA...

Audio program

03 Oct 2016

The roll back of the solar subsidy scheme starts today, with South Australian consumers the first to be impacted. By January, more than a quarter of a million early adopters of solar across three states will lose the lucrative bonus, and as a result, pay higher power bills. But the Energy...

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Research report

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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