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Bruce Mountain

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Commentary

New demand-response energy rules sound good, but the devil is in the (hugely complicated) details

Proposed rules for managing energy demand could potentially lower prices and reduce blackout risk, but there are reasons to be skeptical.
Working paper

The exercise of market power in Australia’s National Electricity Market following the closure of the Hazelwood power station

This paper looks at prices in the National Electricity Market before and after the closure of this Victorian power station in April 2017.
Report

Does renewable electricity generation reduce electricity prices?

This report compares the other countries' electricity prices to the prices paid by households in Australia’s contestable retail markets. And it develops an econometric analysis of the South Australian data to identify how South Australia’s prices have been affected by renewables and coal generation closure.
Commentary

The National Energy Guarantee is a flagship policy. So why hasn’t the modelling been made public?

Central to the public debate about the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) has been the numerical forecasts of its effects – in particular how much it will reduce power prices.
Report

South Australia's wholesale electricity market: what really happened in July 2016

The South Australian wholesale electricity market had a volume-weighted average price of $433/MWh for the first two weeks of July. By way of comparison, the volume-weighted average wholesale price in South Australia for the last eight calendar years has been $64/MWh. Extraordinarily high prices (greater...