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Discussion paper

24 Nov 2017

Australia’s commitment under the Paris Climate Accord is to reduce its emissions by 26 to 28% on 2005 levels by 2030. Australia is free to achieve this emissions reduction target however it chooses. The Turnbull Government appears to favour a sector by sector approach, where each sector has a...

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23 Nov 2017

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, Queensland...

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Audio interview

21 Nov 2017

Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel predicts power bills will continue to rise and energy supply will be less reliable unless Australia develops better storage systems — particularly for days when the sun doesn't shine or the wind doesn't blow.

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20 Nov 2017

Over the past decade, Australia’s electricity market has experienced change on an unprecedented scale. In a decentralised, yet integrated 21st century energy future, electricity networks must enable new opportunities for managing the complexity of multiple pathways for flows of electricity and ...

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Discussion paper

08 Nov 2017

The cost of electricity has become a major concern for regional and rural users in NSW. The agricultural sector in particular is heavily exposed to rising energy prices. The doubling of electricity prices over the past decade has compromised the viability and international competitiveness of the...

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17 Oct 2017

The Energy Security Board (ESB) has provided advice to Ministers on reliability, affordability and meeting Australia's international commitments. This comes in response to the Australian Energy Market Operator’s recent report on the risks to reliability in the electricity market. Specifically...

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03 Oct 2017

Australia’s inefficient, ageing, polluting coal plants will inevitably close. It is simply too expensive to keep them going once they reach around 50 years old. This provides a critical opportunity to move to a modern, 21st century electricity system. In doing so, Australia will tackle multiple...

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29 Sep 2017

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) monitors compliance with safety and reliability obligations placed on electricity network operators in NSW. We also monitor compliance with licence conditions for gas and electricity networks.

IPART has reviewed its approach to...

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Discussion paper

25 Sep 2017

Under the Abbott Government, Australia signed the Paris climate agreement, committing to reduce carbon emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. The electricity sector will play a significant role in meeting these targets, as it accounts for 35% of the country’s total emissions.

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25 Sep 2017

On 19 April 2017, the Australian Government directed the ACCC to conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into the supply of and demand for wholesale gas in Australia. The ACCC is required to submit interim reports no less frequently than every six months and provide information to the market as...

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Research report

21 Sep 2017

Australia has many potential sites for pumped hydro energy storage (PHES). In our initial survey, we have found about 22,000 sites – the State and Territory breakdown is shown in the table below. Each site has an energy storage potential between 1 and 200 Gigawatt hours (GWh).

The sites...

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Survey

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21 Sep 2017

The electricity system in Australia is undergoing a major transformation due to technological change, changing consumer preferences, rising domestic gas prices, as well as a shift away from fossil fuels like coal and gas.

Energy storage such as battery storage, pumped hydro and solar...

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19 Sep 2017

The Department of Planning and Environment (Department) administers five energy rebate schemes targeted to low-income households. The five rebates are of two key types:

1. Ongoing support to pay energy bills

2. Crisis Support

More than one million rebates are paid each year...

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19 Sep 2017

A community energy project is a renewable energy or energy efficiency project that a community develops, delivers and benefits from. Examples include a cooperative that raises funds to construct a small wind farm, or a community group that organises a bulk buy of solar panels for installation on...

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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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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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Working paper

04 Sep 2017

The recently released Finkel Review of energy security has been welcomed by most observers as a blueprint for reform to deliver a more affordable, reliable and clean National Electricity Market. But while the review’s recommendations are wide-ranging,...

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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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