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Energy 2021

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.

Power to the people: proposals to increase the rollout of community batteries

In our efforts to combat climate change, a major challenge remains - how best to store excess electricity generated by rooftop solar for use when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing? This report explores the option of developing community batteries as a...
Technical report

Inertia and system strength in the National Energy Market

This report has been prepared for the Australia Institute to provide advice to the Energy Security Board’s Post-2025 redesign of the National Electricity Market (NEM).

Inquiry into the National Electricity Market: September 2020

This report has been prepared as part of the ACCC's inquiry into the prices, profits and margins in the supply of electricity in the National Electricity Market. The supplementary report sets out recent market developments, including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on electricity use...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Will abolishing the carbon tax reduce power bills?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott claims electricity and gas prices will drop by 9 per cent and 7 per cent once the carbon tax is abolished.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Have electricity prices dropped $550 since the carbon tax was abolished?

Treasurer Joe Hockey claims that Treasury documents show "electricity prices have come down $550 per household as a result of us abolishing the carbon tax".
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Does privatisation increase electricity bills?

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley claims electricity privatisation pushes up power prices and households in privatised South Australia have the highest bills.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Did Queensland electricity prices rise 1.9pc a year under Labor and 43pc during the Liberal's full term?

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk claims electricity prices jumped under the Liberal National Party and rose to a lesser extent under Labor. But the figures she quotes do not tell the whole story.

Residential electricity price trends 2019: final report

The purpose of this report is to provide governments and consumers with an understanding of the cost components of the electricity supply chain that contribute to the overall price paid by residential consumers, and the expected trends in each of the cost components and overall...

Affordability in retail energy markets

This report provides a high-level retrospective analysis of energy affordability in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania, covering the past three years, with a focus on energy affordability for low income households.

National Energy Emissions Audit: electricity update - August 2019

This issue contains some new graphs that show the nation's energy transition over the more than twenty years since the National Electricity Market was launched, in December 1998. In addition, this report has a particular focus on South Australia, where the transition is most advanced.

National Energy Emissions Audit: electricity update - July 2019

The Electricity Update presents data on electricity demand, electricity supply, and electricity generation emissions in the National Electricity Market (NEM), plus electricity demand in the South West Interconnected System (SWIS). This issue takes a more detailed look at the growth of new generation in each...

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.
Discussion paper

Residential time of use electricity pricing in NSW

Australian energy companies and regulators claim that introducing 'time of use' pricing will benefit consumers and move their consumption to times when the network is less congested. On closer examination, further adoption will impose increased costs on households and appears more likely to increase the...

National Energy Emissions Audit: electricity update - June 2019

This research reveals that despite Angus Taylor’s claims that Australia’s total emissions are going down, Australia’s total emissions in the past year are likely to have increased, with Australia’s gas and coal industries the significant drivers of those rising emissions.

Updating the regulatory frameworks for embedded networks

The AEMC has published this final report that proposes a package of law and rule changes to update the regulatory frameworks for embedded networks. Once implemented, the proposed framework will result in better protections and access to more competitive retail offers for consumers in embedded...

Guide to the electricity retail code

The ACCC promotes, monitors and enforces compliance with the Competition and Consumer (Industry Code—Electricity Retail) Regulations 2019 (the Code). As part of this role, the ACCC has published this guide for electricity retailers. The code comes into force on 1 July 2019.

National Energy Emissions Audit: electricity update - May 2019

This research shows that ongoing investment in renewable energy generation by companies and households continues to reduce Australia’s electricity sector emissions, even without adequate national climate and energy policy.

The future of UK carbon pricing

This consultation report includes questions relevant to a linked or standalone UK emissions trading system or a tax on carbon.

National Energy Emissions Audit: electricity update - April 2019

This updated research shows that medium to large rooftop solar systems are taking off, contributing with other solar and wind energy to the jump from 10% to 15% of the energy supplied to the grid over the last year.