Energy security

Discussion paper

1 Feb 2019

This research shows that gas and coal power plants broke down 135 times in 2018, breaking down at a rate of once every 2.7 days. While this could be expected of an aging coal fleet, the analysis shows that Australia’s newest coal power plants (so-called...

Discussion paper

23 Jan 2019

Australia’s newest coal plants, including ‘supercritical’ or so-called ‘High Efficiency, Low Emissions’ generators, have higher breakdown rates per gigawatt than older power stations, according to this research from the Australia Institute.

Report

12 Dec 2018

Why is US energy so inexpensive? Why is its electricity more reliable and pricing more transparent than Australia’s? Why are its carbon emissions declining faster relative to Australia? This report seeks to answer those questions, clarifying what’s at stake if Australian policymakers do not change...

Report

A report for the National Electricity Market
16 Nov 2018

Annually, AEMO prepares a summer readiness plan, collaborating with generation and transmission network providers, federal and state governments, and key agencies to actively manage heightened risks to power system operations.

Other text

8 Nov 2018

The Australian Energy Market Commission has made a more preferable rule that will require large electricity generators to provide at least three years’ notice of their intention to close. The provision of this information to the market will help minimise the likelihood of any price...

Essay

6 Nov 2018

Securing our energy is a collection of expert essays on the challenges and opportunities of energy security, energy access and climate change.

Discussion paper

26 Sep 2018

The challenge for Australia’s electricity system is to meet demand during periods of extreme heat. On very hot days, electricity demand is driven to high levels that come close to exceeding the amount of power that the NEM can provide. Rooftop solar produces electricity most...

Strategy

21 Sep 2018

The Energy Security Board (ESB) will report to ministers in December on implementing AEMO’s integrated system plan (ISP) on recommended transmission investments out to 2040.

Report

19 Sep 2018

This report supports the current review that the Australian government is undertaking into Australia’s liquid fuel security and urges the government to fully explore the links as it assesses the adequacy, reliability and affordability of Australia’s physical oil stocks.

Guide

Options for lowering power bills and emissions
13 Sep 2018

This guide is intended to help all Australian property owners cut their energy costs and reduce their emissions, looking at a broad range of technologies — from solar PV and batteries to heat pumps, off-site renewables and demand management systems — and indicating which are...

Report

22 Aug 2018

This paper argues that evidence is growing that highly flexible electricity systems could deliver lower whole-system costs, especially given the dramatic projected falls in solar and wind power costs by 2030.

Discussion paper

15 Aug 2018

Despite the historic inaccuracy of electricity demand and price forecasting, even in the absence of significant policy change, once again economic modelling is being used to make forecasts about the impact of changes in energy policy on the long run price of electricity in Australia....

Commentary

10 Aug 2018

As energy ministers head into a crucial meeting with their federal counterpart Josh Frydenberg, this state-by-state guide compares their various stances on the future of the National Energy Guarantee.

Report

What AEMO’S Integrated System Plan Report implies about the National Energy Guarantee
8 Aug 2018

This report argues that AEMO’s modelling results show that, with efficient planning of and investment in the most efficient mix of network services, it will be quite possible to ensure that the electricity supply system of the NEM remains secure and reliable, and do so...

Report

26 Jul 2018

This review examined ways to deliver a reliable power system – one that has enough electricity available when consumers need it, at the lowest cost. It included consideration of several recommendations from the Finkel Panel’s Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity...

Report

26 Jul 2018

This report highlights several issues with the existing market and regulatory arrangements for frequency control, and makes recommendations on how they could be addressed.

Guide

24 Jul 2018

This quick guide contains a list of key resources to provide context and assist understanding of Australia’s liquid fuel security.

Report

The impact of the NEG on carbon emissions and power prices
19 Jul 2018

This report models the impact of the proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG) on Australia’s carbon emissions and on National Electricity Market (NEM) wholesale prices by 2030 under the Turnbull Government’s 26% emissions reduction target and a higher 45% target. The research shows that the government’s...

Report

6 Jul 2018

This occasional paper provides an overview of energy storage technologies already in Australia and on the horizon, and the opportunities for Australia to lead the world in these fields.

Report

5 Jul 2018

This report seeks to answer key questions about the eastern Australia energy cost challenge and provide recommendations for a lower cost energy future.

Overview

 

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