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, will discuss the likely impacts and possible outlook for Queenslanders.

2 November 2017

Can Australia fix its energy mess? – Melbourne

Energy policy in 2017 has been constantly in the media headlines, driven by the reality of the impact of high prices and security uncertainty and the ongoing, intense politicisation of energy and climate change policy. The chair of the Energy Security Board, Kerry Schott, and the chair of the ACCC, Rod Sims, cam together for our last Energy Futures forum for 2017 to reflect on 2017 and what we need in 2018.

30 August 2017

Retail Competition in the electricity sector and energy price – Melbourne

This Energy Futures Seminar, a part of the Policy Pitch series, explored the Thwaites Review findings and the Grattan Report ‘Price shock: Is the retail electricity market failing consumers?’ released earlier this year. The expert panel, moderated by Dr Sara Bice and joined by John Thwaites, Tony Wood and Sarah McNamara representative debated the Review’s recommendations for a regulated Basic Service Offer and related issues.

16 June 2017

Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s Review of the Security of the National Electricity Market – Sydney

This Forward Thinking event followed the release of the Final Report of the Finkel Review. Dr Finkel and a panel of experts discussed how Australia can respond to challenges that our electricity system faces.

6 June 2017

Energy Futures Seminar: Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s Review of the Security of the National Electricity Market

This Energy Futures Seminar followed the release of the Final Report of the Finkel Review. Dr Finkel and a panel of experts discussed how Australia can respond to challenges that our electricity system faces.

6 March 2017

The Future of Clean Coal?

In our first Future Energy forum of 2017, our Panel to explored whether clean coal is a crucial step in the transition towards a net zero emissions economy or an expensive and retrograde step that will be almost impossible to finance.

20 February 2017

Climate Change 2017: Restarting the debate

In the first Capital Ideas public forum hosted through our partnership with the National Library, Helen Wilson who will lead the Government’s review of our domestic climate change policies, Frank Jotzo a leading climate economist from ANU and Grattan Institute’s Tony Wood discussed the review and what it is intended to achieve.

6 December 2016

National Electricity Market Review – Preliminary Report

The National Electricity Market (NEM) Security Review, led by Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, will deliver its preliminary report in December. Alan Finkel and a panel of experts discussed the preliminary report and likely policy implications at this Energy Futures seminar.

31 October 2016

Potential Pathways to Decarbonisation

This Energy Futures Seminar explored potential decarbonisation pathways. Our panel featured Shell’s Jeremy Bentham who has a global reputation in scenario analysis. Jeremy was joined by Ross Garnaut, Tony Wood and Sara Bice in a panel discussion to be followed by Q&A with the audience.

26 September 2016

South Australia’s power system: a crisis or a canary?

In recent months, South Australia has witnessed some remarkable changes in the electricity system. S.A. is a world leader in terms of integrating renewable energy into the grid, but these recent events have put a spotlight on the challenges that come with this transition.

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