Around one quarter of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the built environment. This summary report argues that Australia will not achieve its legislated emissions reduction targets unless the built environment decarbonises its building operations.
Electricity networks are expensive businesses to run. In Australia, the economic regulation of electricity networks is undertaken by the Australian Energy Regulator. This report presents a range of recommendations to address the unnecessarily high profits being made by electricity distribution service providers.
Just like Australia, Europe’s energy markets are in crisis. Wholesale prices for electricity and gas have risen dramatically since early 2021. The authors of this paper examine the causes of the current very high wholesale prices, high producer rents and price volatility. They also outline...
The ACT is preparing to electrify Canberra and transition away from the use of fossil-fuel gas by 2045. This position paper focuses on the government's work to transition the Territory away from gas use, to help reach a target of net zero emissions by 2045.
The Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM) Electricity Statement of Opportunities (ESOO), published annually, presents AEMO’s 10-year Long Term Projected Assessment of System Adequacy (PASA) for the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) in Western Australia (WA).
This report has been prepared as an accessible and comprehensive first port-of-call for policy-makers and key stakeholders, to ensure they have the facts straight when talking about, and making decisions that affect Australia's NEM. It is designed to equip policy-makers and commentators with an accessible...
Contributing to regional decarbonization: Australia’s potential to supply zero-carbon commodities to the Asia-Pacific
This paper investigates three pathways by which Australia could export zero-carbon energy and products: direct exports of renewable electricity via sub-sea cables, exports of zero-carbon fuels (such as green hydrogen), and the export of 'green' metals processed from Australian ores using renewable energy.
This report argues that the rapid transformation of Australia's aluminium facilities to sustainable sources of electricity would spark substantial economic benefits - for the aluminium industry, its supply chain, and for the burgeoning renewable energy sector.
This report summarises the audit results of Queensland’s six energy entities. The report concludes that the financial statements of Queensland's energy entities are reliable and energy sector profits have increased. However, weaknesses in the entities’ information systems still persist.
Infrastructure Australia has partnered with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to assess and understand the labour and material requirements for the transmission and generation projects identified in AEMO’s 2020 Integrated System Plan. This analysis aims to improve the understanding of labour and material requirements...
The energy landscape is undergoing unprecedented change. To explore what the energy landscape could look like, KPMG asked 30 people to place themselves in 2030 and look back over the last ten years. The 'voices' in this report cover every facet of the energy industry...
This is the second of a series of five reports the Grattan Institute intends to publish in the lead-up to the international climate conference in Glasgow in November, showing how Australia can build momentum towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
On Monday 9 August 2021, about 35,000 New Zealand consumers (1.75% of consumers) experienced power outages. This report provides a brief overview of electricity sector arrangements relevant to the blackout, followed by brief comments about the investigations underway.
The purpose of this publication is to provide technical and market data that informs the decision-making processes of market participants, new investors, and jurisdictional bodies as they assess opportunities in the National Electricity Market over a 10-year outlook period. This publication is generally based on...
This report argues that Australia’s energy sector must accelerate its pace of decarbonisation if Australia is to reach net-zero emissions, in line with the global climate goals.
Australia’s electricity industry constitutes a large and critical component of our national economic infrastructure. This report provides evidence of a pattern of systematic underinvestment in the upkeep and capability of the national electricity grid.
This briefing paper examines the latest energy scenarios informing United Kingdom and European Union policy-making, and compares these with the announced United States target for a zero-carbon electricity system by 2035.
This report provides an analysis of what Australia's National Electricity Market (NEM) could look like with higher levels of wind and solar electricity than today, and what the cost is likely to be compared with a system dominated by coal.
In order to mitigate against global climate change, this paper argues that net-zero is inevitable, by 2050 or even earlier. To get there, the Australian economy will need to undergo a tremendous structural transformation.
This report responds to a request from the Australian Conservation Foundation to undertake a desk-top review of the cost of carbon capture and storage (CCS) applied to electricity generation in Australia. The analysis suggests carbon capture and storage is likely to cost at least six...
Within 15 years, three quarters of our NSW's electricity supply is expected to reach the end of its technical life. Replacing these energy sources and building the infrastructure needed to connect them to homes and businesses will take years. This document outlines a coordinated framework...
This double NEEA report issue covers changes in energy emissions during the months of August and September 2020. Monthly data on electricity is up to the end of September, data on gas is updated to the end of August, and data related to petroleum fuels...