Gas prices



Switch and save: how gas is costing households

This report presents new analysis on exactly how expensive gas appliances are to run compared to the electrical alternatives, and how much households can save over the long term from switching.
Policy report

An assessment of Europe’s options for addressing the crisis in energy markets

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...
Discussion paper

Addressing rising energy bills: what could the new prime minister do?

UK households are experiencing a severe cost of living crisis. Annualised bills for a typical household are currently rapidly. The UK government has already provided some support, but more is likely to be needed. This paper lays out the government’s options.

Review of Ofgem's regulation of the energy supply market

This report contains the findings of an independent review in the United Kingdom, commissioned by Ofgem's Board, into the root causes of the recent supplier failures and specifically, into how regulation of the retail energy industry played a part.

Regulating gas pipelines under uncertainty: information paper

This information paper examines the factors causing downward pressure on domestic gas demand in Australia’s eastern states and options to manage the potential pricing risks for current and future gas consumers.

Flame out: the future of natural gas

Far from fuelling the recovery from the COVID recession, natural gas will inevitably decline as an energy source for industry and homes in Australia. This report shows that a combination of economics and environmental imperatives imperil the industry.

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.
Discussion paper

Measures to improve transparency in the gas market: COAG Regulation Impact Statement for consultation

This consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) presents options to improve transparency in the eastern and northern Australian gas markets.

Affordable clean energy for people on low incomes

This report models a number of policy solutions that would reduce the amount people on low incomes spend on energy, in order to reduce their energy stress and support a faster transition to clean energy.

Cost of inaction: addendum 1

Household energy prices across electorates in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania will continue to rise until the end of 2020, under current forecast price and consumption trends, without a signification reduction in the wholesale gas price.

Energy stressed in Australia

This analysis investigated the burden of electricity and gas costs for a range of household types in Australia between 2008 and 2018, finding that some of the lowest income households in Australia spend more than 10% of their incomes on spiralling energy costs.

Australian manufacturing: gas efficiency guide

This guide is a comprehensive resource identifying practical and proven strategies to deliver energy and cost savings across manufacturing operations.
Draft report

Review into the scope of economic regulation applied to covered pipelines: draft report

The AEMC has recommended changes to give regulators oversight over a wider range of pipeline services, and to allow all stakeholders, including pipeline users, to have more input into regulators’ decisions on appropriate prices, services and conditions. This would mean pipeline users are better represented...

The cost of inaction: the impact of wholesale gas prices on household power bills in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria

Few issues have resonated in Australian public discourse over the past few years like energy prices. Both household and business consumers have suffered the consequences of years of policy inertia, inconsistency and a lack of forward thinking by energy policy makers that have created a...

The NEM - a hazy retail maze

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, South Australia...

Switching off gas: an examination of declining gas demand in eastern Australia

Examines the future of domestic gas across the interconnected eastern-Australian gas market. Executive Summary Following on from our research into “domestic gas” demand specific to New South Wales, the University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI) have examined the future of domestic gas across the entire...

Rank the energy retailer

Executive summary On a daily basis, community-based financial counsellors deal with electricity and gas providers on behalf of customers who are struggling financially, and witness firsthand the efficacy or otherwise of hardship practices across different industries. The 2014 Rank the Energy Retailer survey provided an...

Cooking up a price rise: will CSG exports push up the price of gas?

Summary Gas prices in eastern Australia are going to rise substantially. These price rises are not driven by a lack of supply but rather by an increase in demand. Once the eastern Australian gas market is connected to the world gas market, domestic gas producers...