Power resources

Report

2 Aug 2018

Well-planned dams can bring considerable economic benefits and improve water, food and energy security. They can also have the opposite effect if they are poorly planned or maintained.

Policy report

1 Aug 2018

The proposed final design of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) will require retailers to contract for generation or demand response to meet a minimum level of dispatchable ‘on demand’ electricity where there is an identified gap. Retailers must also keep their emissions below an agreed...

Commentary

31 Jul 2018

Central to the public debate about the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) has been the numerical forecasts of its effects – in particular how much it will reduce power prices.

Report

Promoting efficient investment in the grid of the future
26 Jul 2018

The annual review of the economic regulatory framework for electricity networks is part of the AEMC’s work to support the continual evolution of the energy sector. In light of the significant growth in decentralised energy resources, the review examines whether the economic regulatory framework is...

Report

24 Jul 2018

Australia’s ageing coal power stations are unreliable and prone to breaking down in extreme weather events. There is no such thing as clean coal. No matter how “efficient” a coal-fired power station claims to be, it is always polluting. Australia must transition to clean, affordable...

Strategy

17 Jul 2018

This document outlines a cost-based, engineering optimisation plan by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), that forecasts the overall transmission system requirements for the National Electricity Market (NEM) over the next twenty years.

Report

6 Jul 2018

This audit shows current policies will reduce National Electricity Market (NEM) emissions to 22% below 2005 levels in 2019-20, effectively meaning electricity sector has an emissions reduction target of only 4% to 2030.

Report

Concept study knowledge sharing report
6 Jun 2018

Hydro Tasmania’s Battery of the Nation initiative would double Tasmania’s existing flexible generation capacity. The iniative is a bundle of proposed projects that include redeveloping existing hydro-electric power stations, building new pumped hydro plants and expanding the role of Tasmania in the NEM using new...

Discussion paper

21 May 2018

This analysis by the Australia Institute shows the Liddell power station broke down four times this year. These breakdowns were on high-demand summer days, when reliability is most important for electricity supply.

Report

30 Apr 2018

The AEMC Reliability Panel has published the final report for its four yearly ‘check in’ of the reliability standard and settings for the National Electricity Market. The panel found the current reliability standard and settings should be extended to 2024.

Report

27 Apr 2018

This report confirms that while conditions in the east coast gas market have improved since September 2017, the market is still not functioning effectively.

Strategy

20 Apr 2018

The Energy Security Board presented this high-level design of the guarantee to the COAG Energy Council, following a two month consultation process and the review of more than 150 submissions received from a broad range of groups and individuals.

Discussion paper

17 Apr 2018

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) is calling for submissions on how to change regulatory frameworks to help deliver long-term electricity reliability at least cost to consumers.

Commentary

16 Apr 2018

Discusses the need for “renewable energy breeding” – the process by which mining the raw materials and manufacturing technologies such as solar cells and wind turbines are themselves powered by renewables rather than fossil fuels.

Report

29 Mar 2018

Wholesale electricity prices in Victoria and South Australia have risen since the closure of the Hazelwood power station, according to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), with other states in the National Electricity Market (NEM) also affected.

Report

29 Mar 2018

This report looks at what has transpired over the period since the closure of Hazelwood and how its contribution to meeting Victoria’s electricity demand since it closed was covered. The report also considers the contribution that new large-scale renewables under construction and demand side activities...

Report

29 Mar 2018

The 2018 Victorian Gas Planning Report (VGPR) Update provides information about changes in the supply demand balance over the next five years (2018-22, called the outlook period) and the Victorian Declared Transmission System (DTS) since AEMO published the 2017 VGPR in March 2017.

Policy report

25 Mar 2018

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.

Report

20 Mar 2018

The panel has reviewed the performance of the National Electricity Market (NEM) in terms of reliability, security and safety over the 2016/17 period, in accordance with the requirements of the National Electricity Rules.

Audio interview

19 Mar 2018

New modelling by the energy advisory firm RepuTex shows Australia is set to beat its emisisons targets under what it calls a "do nothing" scenario, suggesting the NEG could be redundant.

Overview

 

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