5 April 2019

The challenge facing Labor on climate change

Whoever wins the 2019 election must not squander the opportunity to finally forge a coherent climate-change policy. Australians want credible action on emissions but reassurance that electricity will remain reliable and affordable.

5 April 2019

Why the world must eliminate coal-fired power within 30 years

The domestic trend is clear: coal looks destined to be replaced by solar and wind generation over the next 30 years. The timing is less certain for the export market.

25 March 2019

The risks in setting a default market offer price for electricity retailers

The Australian Energy Regulator has proposed a pragmatic approach to the delicate task of setting a default market offer price. But risks to competition remain from any form of price cap.

18 March 2019

LNG row foreshadows the bill that’s due for failed energy policy

Whoever wins the imminent federal election will need to get serious on climate change. The mess that policy uncertainty has imposed on the domestic electricity sector is now being mirrored in gas and coal.

6 March 2019

Clear policy plans needed for cheaper power

Developing a comprehensive, integrated approach to energy and climate policy doesn’t fit the immediate political need. The best we might hope for is minimum harm in the short term, followed by a deep breath and some clear-headed leadership from whoever forms government after the 2019 federal election.

12 February 2019

Only clear policy can give us power supply certainty

The best thing the federal government can do for people worried about electricity reliability is to end the policy uncertainty. It should revive and implement the discarded National Energy Guarantee.

10 February 2019

Blackouts and the politics of power

Increasing extremely hot weather and increasing deployment of solar and wind power create challenges for managing the power system. But Australia has the technologies, tools and systems to cost-effectively meet these challenges without a panic response. We should use them.

6 February 2019

Year ahead could make or break the COAG Energy Council

2019 may be the year in which policy and political maturity propels Australia’s energy system to a better future. The alternative is more depressing outcomes for affordable, low-emissions and reliable energy.

30 January 2019

Learning the lessons of a power blackout near-miss

The rolling power cuts during Victoria’s summer heatwave simply underscore the need for investment certainty that the National Energy Guarantee would have created.

23 January 2019

Poorly considered market interventions: an inefficient path to lower power prices

Australians want cheaper power, and they welcome governments taking on the big power companies to deliver that result. But hasty government intervention risks making things worse rather than better. In this submission to a Senate committee, Grattan’s Tony Wood and Guy Dundas warn that a short-term ‘company bashing’ approach may prove counter-productive.