6 September 2017

The day Australia was put on blackout alert

The only way the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) could be blunter in its report on the state of our electricity system would be to stick a neon sign on top of its Melbourne head office saying “The market has failed”.

21 August 2017

Power retailers have failed and they can’t complain

For many of us, the retailers have failed to deliver what we want and expect: a decent price for our electricity. They can hardly blame the government for wanting to do so.

18 August 2017

Is re-regulation the solution to Australia’s electricity price shock?

As electricity retailers report back to the Government and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission with their plans to improve affordability – should re-regulation of the market be on the agenda?

10 August 2017

New rules for retailers, but don’t sit there waiting for your electricity bill to go down

After summoning the heads of Australia’s major electricity retailers to Canberra, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the government will take “decisive action to reduce energy prices for Australian families and businesses”. The big question for the prime minister is, what next?

8 August 2017

Coal-fired nostalgia won’t bring back cheap power

The Turnbull government’s energy policy problems just keep getting harder. The business community has delivered decidedly mixed messages on what policies they want from this government. The hard lesson for Australia is that the very low prices of the past were unsustainable, and coal is not going to bring them back.

17 July 2017

Why energy reform has to be delivered by the Coalition

A 21st-century energy system is essential to Australia’s economic prosperity and can only be delivered if there is comprehensive agreement between the Commonwealth and the state and territory governments.

26 June 2017

Steering post-Finkel energy policy through a minefield of friends and foes

The energy and climate change policy minefield is littered with the carcasses of Australian political leaders, both Labor and Liberal. But there is a path through. The rewards for finding it will be big for this government and its leader – and ultimately for Australian businesses and households.

22 June 2017

The government’s new energy plans will leave investors less confident than ever

Australians should be deeply concerned about the signals coming from the Turnbull government since this month’s release of Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s landmark report on the future of Australia’s electricity system.

17 June 2017

Finkel Review is not about forecasts, it is about making informed choices

The Finkel Review delivered an energy system blueprint with a clear objective: secure and reliable electricity, at the lowest cost, while Australia moves to a lower emissions future. Regrettably, the current political debate seems more likely to deliver the opposite outcome: less secure and reliable electricity, at higher cost.

12 June 2017

The Finkel Review’s blueprint will give secure, reliable and affordable energy

Alan Finkel’s energy review has met the objective set for it. His Blueprint for the Future can deliver a secure, reliable and affordable electricity system for Australia while ensuring the nation can meet its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The focus in coming days will be on the blueprints’ problems and weaknesses rather than its opportunities and strengths. But the reality is that aiming higher is simply unachievable for now – and aiming lower will doom us to higher prices and lower security.

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