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State governments have spent up to $20 billion more than was needed on the electricity grid, and households and businesses are paying for it through their power bills.
Urgent action is needed to reduce the risk of power blackouts and restrictions across eastern Australia this summer, but there is an acute danger of politicians panicking and rushing to decisions that push electricity prices higher and make it harder to reduce Australia’s emissions.
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...
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....
Australia has begun to address climate change. The Commonwealth Government has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26–28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. But we do not have a comprehensive, credible domestic policy framework to achieve this target. We...
Some of Australia's brightest thinkers and industry figures on energy will meet today for a symposium on 'the Intelligent Grid'.
While many households have been eager to get off the electricity grid by producing their own energy requirements largely through solar power, today's discussion...
Australians are paying too much for power. Over the past five years, the average household power bill has risen 85 per cent. The prices you pay are also unfair: some people are paying too much, others too little. It’s to do with electricity networks catering...
This report recommends a change to the way consumers pay for the network that carries electricity from generators to homes, so that it better reflects the cost of running the network.
Australians are paying too much for power. In the five...
This report argues that Australians are using less power but paying more for it, with potentially highly damaging consequences for the electricity system.
Electricity use in Australia is falling. From the 1960s to the end of the 20th century, electricity consumption...
We are in the midst of an energy revolution - gas - and it’s important that we get it right so there’s enough for both the home market and the export market, that the price is competitive and that it’s not too much of a...