1 November 2018

State governments can transform Australia’s energy policy from major fail to reliable success

Energy policy in Australia is a major failure. The federal government has been unable to forge an effective policy to ensure affordable, reliable and low-emissions electricity. It’s time for the states to step up.

23 October 2018

Only policy shockers on offer in rush to fill energy vacuum

Emerging from the political rubble after the Wentworth byelection, the federal government is desperately trying to get onto the front foot on energy policy. Yesterday the Prime Minister announced contentious new measures he hopes will force down electricity prices. On Friday, his energy minister, Angus Taylor, will lean on the state and territory governments to embrace a challenging agenda of interventions in the energy market.

24 September 2018

How Angus Taylor can avoid becoming Minister for Threats and Subsidies

Australians want lower electricity prices and governments are scrambling to give the voters what they want. But in this scramble, base politics is overwhelming good policy and the line between taxpayers and consumers is being blurred to the point of absurdity.

6 September 2018

Australia is well placed to benefit from the widespread uptake of electric vehicles

Electric vehicles offer substantial environmental, social and economic benefits for Australia, and policy makers should do more to encourage their widespread use. In this submission, Grattan’s Tony Wood calls on the COAG Energy Council to support their efficient adoption.

22 August 2018

Capping electricity prices: a quick fix with hidden risks

Governments have got the message: Australians are angry about electricity prices. The federal government has made a decisive shift away from reducing emissions to reducing prices. The good news is that price caps will probably work as advertised. The bad news is that capping prices could also have unintended consequences.

21 August 2018

How the federal government can get to NEG 2.0

The good ship NEG had almost unanimous support from the energy sector’s suppliers and customers. Yet it has been deliberately run aground by the captain and his mutinous crew. Australians are left to wonder what can be salvaged from the wreck, and what the grounding means for investors and consumers.

21 August 2018

We should mourn the NEG, latest victim of the ‘political slaughterhouse’

For more than a decade, integrated energy and climate policy has been the desired pathway to affordable, reliable and low-emissions electricity. One of the more credible vehicles to get us on that pathway, the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), is the latest victim of the political slaughterhouse in Canberra that passes for government. Its death should be mourned by us all.

18 August 2018

Transforming Australia’s energy system should not be beyond us

Over the past 100 years, Australia has built a secure, reliable and affordable energy system, based on large, centralised, fossil-fuelled power stations close to the major cities. Over the next 30 years, this system must be transformed to one based almost entirely on widely-distributed, low-emissions energy sources such as solar and wind with complementary storage. This is an unprecedented economic, political, social and technical challenge.

15 August 2018

All sides of the climate wars should give the NEG a chance

Australian homes and businesses need lower electricity prices. How to make that happen is now a three-way debate between federal Labor, the federal government and a vocal minority in the government. Addressing climate change has been downgraded or vilified.

9 August 2018

What’s your state’s position at the crucial National Energy Guarantee meeting?

State and territory energy ministers will hold a crucial meeting today with their federal counterpart Josh Frydenberg. At stake is the future of the federal government’s flagship National Energy Guarantee (NEG), which if implemented could finally end Australia’s long-running uncertainty over climate and energy policy.