29 August 2019

Energy Futures: It’s time for a longer-term view on delivering the great energy transition – Melbourne

Australia’s commitment to the Paris Agreement means cutting carbon emissions to near zero over the next 30 years. Doing this at reasonable cost while maintaining reliability will require reforms and investment unprecedented in scale and complexity. Yet, recent history raises concerns that we need new foundations to underpin the policy reform agenda.

5 July 2019

Energy Futures: Whither Australian energy policy over the next 3 years? – Melbourne

The re-election of the Morrison Government federally has strengthened its resolve to implement its energy policies. What will happen over the next 3 years? Will commonwealth and state members of the COAG Energy Council continue fighting? Will energy prices, emissions and system security deteriorate as a result? Or will compromise and consensus start to appear?

31 January 2019

Summer blackouts: the new normal? – Melbourne

200,000 Victorian customers lost power on 25 January 2019, begging the question: is this the new normal? To answer this question, Grattan Institute’s Guy Dundas was joined at this Policy Pitch event by Paul Austin from the Australian Energy Market Operator, the body that manages the electricity market, and Suzanne Falvi from the Australian Energy Market Commission, the body that sets the energy market rules.

26 October 2018

State Orange Book 2018: Policy priorities for states and territories – Melbourne

Following the release of our State Orange Book 2018, this Policy Pitch event, featuring a number of Grattan Institute Fellows and Program Directors, examined some of the policy recommendations from ten years of Grattan Institute reports and outline what state and territory governments should do to improve Australia.

20 September 2018

South Australia’s power system: Are we ready for summer? – Adelaide

In the last two years we’ve seen actions by Governments and others to improve the security and reliability of our power system. Grattan Institute, in partnership with the State Library of South Australia, hosted a public policy forum to discuss what we’ve learned and how things look for the coming summer where AEMO’s Audrey Zibelman, ElectraNet’s Steve Masters and Grattan’s Tony Wood shed light on how the system is shaping up.

5 September 2018

Energy Futures Seminar: Energy policy. Where to from here? – Melbourne

Energy policy has played a central role in the removal of another Australian Prime Minister, highlighting our inability to integrate energy and environmental policy. What policies and market structure do we need in this new world and how will they balance energy prices, reliability and emissions? Our panel of experts, including Chloe Munro, Ross Garnaut and Michael Brear, threw light on these questions in the final Future Energy Series of public policy forums for 2018.

16 July 2018

Energy Futures Seminar: The way back to affordable electricity – Melbourne

At this Energy Futures event ACCC Chair Rod Sims, Grattan Institute’s Tony Wood and Dr Leslie Martin from The University of Melbourne’s Department of Economics and the Centre for Market Design, discussed the ACCC report, its recommendations to governments on solutions and the expectations we should have for real improvements in the short to medium term.

30 April 2018

Energy Futures Seminar: National Energy Guarantee – why is it so important and what happens next? – Sydney

At this Energy Futures Seminar, ESB Chair, Kerry Schott, Grattan Institute’s Tony Wood and Tim Nelson from AGL as they explained, discussed and debated these issues. The Forum was moderated by Jennifer Hewett from the Australian Financial Review and was hosted by the Melbourne Energy Institute, Grattan Institute and the State Library of New South Wales.

13 March 2018

Energy Futures Seminar: What does a truly sustainable electricity network look like? – Melbourne

Electricity network costs continue to be an area of significant focus for consumers, government, regulators and media, as well as network businesses themselves. In some cases, claims have been made that network prices are paying for investments the value of which has since been questioned. Experts from Grattan Institute, Powerlink and the Melbourne Energy Institute debated and explored these challenges in this first of our Energy Future Series for 2018.

16 November 2017

The impact of power costs on Queensland and what can be done? – Brisbane

The prices of gas and electricity have risen substantially. Homes and businesses – particularly energy intensive businesses – are facing the squeeze and energy is an issue in the coming state election. This State of Affairs event, hosted by Grattan Institute and the UQ Energy Initiative, discussed the likely impacts and possible outlook for Queenslanders.