Designing for resilient energy systems: choices in future engineering

Commissioned by Engineers Australia, in partnership with ASPI, this report presents the thoughts of four young engineers on innovative energy design projects they are currently working on, as well as their views on the challenges they foresee for the design of future energy systems. These...

Power play: how governments can better direct Australia’s electricity market

This report argues that the federal government should abandon its current approach of ‘big stick’ threats to the major energy companies. Instead, it should help get the electricity market back on the right track by providing clear, rules-based policies to better manage investments in transmission...

Markets, regulation, policies and institutions for transition in the electricity sector

A cost-effective, timely energy transition that unlocks the potential for new industries, supports affected regions and protects eco-systems is not guaranteed – it is an outcome achievable in both Germany and Australia with effective policy. This paper focuses on the important role that policy has...
Working paper

Accelerating building decarbonization: eight attainable policy pathways to net zero carbon buildings for all

This paper responds to the global discourse around the need to decarbonize the world’s building stock by 2050 in order to meet global climate goals. It aims to provide clear, feasible policy pathways by which developing countries can achieve net ZCBs in their cities.
Working paper

Utilizing city-utility partnership agreements to achieve climate and energy goals

This paper is designed to aid cities, as well as utilities, in exploring the opportunity to develop a partnership agreement and, if pursued, consider key factors relevant to successfully enable long-lasting and productive engagements.
Discussion paper

The speed of the energy transition: gradual or rapid change?

This paper provides a framework to see how the energy system is evolving. Between two narratives of transitions Gradual and Rapid, this paper summarises the main ways in which they differ and what to look for over the course of the next decade.
Discussion paper

Class ACT: how the Australian Capital Territory became a global energy leader

The ACT will soon become the first Australian jurisdiction to achieve a transition from a fossil fuel-based supply to 100% renewable electricity. Just seven other jurisdictions have achieved this, in Germany, Austria and Spain.

Australia to attend climate summit empty-handed despite UN pleas to ‘come with a plan’

The UN has asked world leaders to bring concrete climate action plans to this week's summit - and Australia is likely to cop heavy criticism.

Rethinking power sector reform in the developing world

This book provides an evaluation of developing country power sector reform, sifting the evidence of whether reforms have contributed to improved sector outcomes.

Innovation landscape for a renewable-powered future: solutions to integrate variable renewables

This report maps and categorises examples of the innovations being developed and implemented globally to facilitate the large-scale integration of variable renewable power.

Large scale battery storage knowledge sharing report

This report summarises the key learnings and innovation opportunities for large scale battery storage projects in Australia based on specific project insights gathered through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Aurecon’s industry experience, and publicly available information.

Dirty power: big coal's network of influence over the Coalition government

This report analyses the extent to which the coal industry is embedded in Australian federal politics. It demonstrates how coal’s pivotal position in key networks of influence has enabled its interests to remain central to the climate and energy policy agenda of the Morrison Government.

Independent review of the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act 2012: final report

The Australian government has released this final report of the Independent Review of the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 (GEMS Act). The review is a statutory requirement to ensure the GEMS Act remains appropriate and effective in reducing Australia’s energy consumption and greenhouse...
Briefing paper

Australia's clean energy investment outlook

The Clean Energy Regulator announced this month that the 2020 Renewable Energy Target has now been met. But with investment slowing, no national policy and a range of regulatory barriers emerging, what happens next is unclear.
Discussion paper

Discussion paper on proposed changes to renewable energy policy in the Planning and Design Code

This discussion paper outlines proposed changes to renewable energy policy in the Planning and Design Code. The paper proposes new planning policies for South Australia’s renewable energy sector, ahead of public consultation on the Planning and Design Code later this year.

Local government engagement with public utility commissions

This mini guide identifies key areas in which local governments may engage with PUCs, the potential impacts of local government engagement at PUCs, and opportunities that exist to make regulatory processes more accessible for city and county staff.

We need a national renewables approach, or some states – like NSW – will miss out

There are plenty of arguments for states pursuing their own renewable energy targets, not least because they can fill the policy vacuum left at the national level.

2019 Electricity statement of opportunities

The 2019 report forecasts a continued elevated risk of expected unserved energy over the next ten years. Compared to last year’s forecast, and based on improved model representation of input uncertainties, AEMO observes greater risks of load shedding due to uncontrollable, but increasingly likely, high...

Policies for a resilient net zero emissions economy

Climate change is a systematic risk to investment returns, financial stability, communities and economies. The decisions that governments, investors, companies and individuals make today will have a material impact on the superannuation returns of millions of Australians and New Zealanders. A managed transition to net...
Discussion paper

Energy from waste policy: discussion paper

Energy from waste (EfW) refers to converting waste materials into fuels, or energy in the form of electricity, heat, or cooling. The discussion paper provides a set of proposed principles to help guide EfW developments in a way that ensures human health and the environment...