17 September 2019

Avoiding another Hazelwood: how to manage coal closures – Melbourne

Since the Hazelwood power station closed in 2017 Victoria’s power prices have been up and reliability has been down. How will Victoria’s ageing brown coal power stations cope with an influx of new renewable generation? When will the Yallourn power station close, and what will be the effect on our power supply? This Policy Pitch event will look at the challenges facing the National Electricity Market, and Victoria in particular, as it transitions away from coal and towards renewables.

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?

16 June 2019

Hydrogen: coming to a stovetop near you? – Sydney

How will we reduce emissions from the gas Australians use to warm our homes, heat water and cook dinner? The COAG Energy Council is examining what role hydrogen might play in Australia’s energy system, including potentially switching the gas network to hydrogen. In this Forward Thinking event a panel of experts will discuss whether hydrogen will become a key part of Australia’s future energy supply.

27 March 2019

Federal Election 2019: Big ideas for Australia’s next government – Melbourne

In this Policy Pitch event at State Library Victoria, Grattan Institute’s tax, energy, health, housing, retirement incomes, and transport & cities experts considered the issues in their field and nominate the choices that would really make a difference to Australia’s future. The discussion drew on Grattan’s Commonwealth Orange Book 2019, which identifies policy priorities for the next government.

8 February 2019

NSW Election 2019: Big ideas for the next government – Sydney

In this Forward Thinking event, Grattan Institute’s budget, energy, and transport and cities experts considered the issues in their policy area and nominate the choices that would really make a difference to NSW’s future. The discussion drew on Grattan’s State Orange Book, which identifies policy priorities for state and territory governments across the nation.

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.

23 November 2018

Australia’s prospects for a credible energy and climate change policy? – Canberra

At this Capital Ideas event, moderator, ANU Energy Change Institute Director Ken Baldwin and our panel, Grattan Institute’s Tony Wood, Warwick McKibbin from ANU and the BCA’s Jessica Wilson  discussed if there is any prospect of credible energy and climate change policy in Australia before the next election.

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.