12 July 2019

A power struggle that has to end

The policy stand-off between federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor and his state counterparts cannot continue. The sector is too important for its future to be decided by a high-stakes game of chicken.

22 May 2019

Energy: key challenges for the re-elected Coalition Government

The short-term energy outlook may be kind to Scott Morrison. But Coalition party room cohesion will be critical when the winds change – as they will.

8 May 2019

On emissions, cleaner costs more than dirtier

It will cost more to meet Labor’s 45 per cent emissions reduction target than the Coalition’s 26 per cent target. So Labor must prosecute the case that justifies the higher target.

26 April 2019

How to recharge energy policy

Australia’s electricity is more polluting, less reliable and more expensive than many comparable countries. Here’s how the winner of the 2019 federal election can turn this around.

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.

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.