23 July 2015

Renewable energy debate in Australia needs to focus on emissions

Public debate is essential to democracy. But the debate around renewable energy has become so toxic, so heavily politicised, that it is taking attention away from the main game: what is the most effective and least painful way to tackle climate change?

23 July 2015

Labor embraces renewables at the cost of good climate policy

In an ideal policy world, a market mechanism such as emissions trading would be used to meet the target, and renewable energy would play whatever role was economically efficient to meet the cap at lowest cost.

30 May 2015

Submission to the COAG Energy Council’s Issues Paper, Review of Governance Arrangements for Australian Energy Markets

Reforms to the electricity market, including changes to the roles of the COAG Energy Council, the Australian Energy Market Commission and the Australian Energy Regulator, are essential to ensure an effective energy industry in Australia.

25 May 2015

Submission to the NSW Legislative Council’s Select Committee on the leasing of electricity infrastructure.

Electricity privatisation is good for consumers and will deliver cheaper prices than if electricity assets remain in government hands.

23 March 2015

Ignore the scare campaign about privatisation

The shadow of the Queensland election hangs over Premier Mike Baird’s campaign for privatisation, but New South Wales has nothing to fear and much to gain from this reform.

23 March 2015

Electricity charges for some Victorian households up to $800 more than they need to be

Every six months the St Vincent de Paul Society releases a report on electricity tariffs in Victoria. Every six months the story is the same: too many households are paying far too much for power.

5 March 2015

NSW power privatisation: Stop the Sell Off claims put to the test

The Energy Council’s priorities and decisions would no doubt be more aligned with the national interests of energy consumers when some of its state government members are no longer conflicted by owning power companies.

22 January 2015

Electricity sales can power renaissance for the states

In the words of the Productivity Commission, it is important that white elephants remain an endangered species.

3 December 2014

The big fight over power prices is under way

Australians are tired of paying too much for power. If politicians and regulators do not stand firm, they will miss a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make prices fairer and cheaper for everyone.

26 September 2014

Energy Green Paper scores a pass on power, a fail on climate

The government’s commitment to market reforms in the power sector is worthwhile, but its Energy Green Paper shows it still has no clear plan to tackle climate change.