15 May 2012

Credible, consistent policy key to clean-energy future

Meeting Australia’s 2050 emissions reduction targets will require a complete transformation of our energy sector. Pricing carbon is an effective first step, writes Tony Wood in the CEDA publication, ‘Renewable Energy Future: Prospects and Realities’.

7 May 2012

The future of gas power

The past few years have seen the rapid expansion of the coal seam and shale gas industry. Yet the expansion of gas may come at a higher environmental price than many find acceptable.

23 April 2012

The CEFC balancing act

The expert review on the establishment of a Clean Energy Finance Corporation has attracted both howls of protest and cheers of support. This is not surprising. Vested interests are strong on both fronts.

7 March 2012

Surrender to the charge

Is a surrender charge an unfair impost that will hurt Australian businesses, or a logical and important component of the Government’s carbon pricing scheme?

1 March 2012

Business will have to live with carbon price

Those calling for reduced carbon price burdens are unlikely to be heard. The best thing business can do is to figure out how to most cheaply cut emissions.

15 February 2012

‘Surrender charge’ on international units in the Australian ETS

What is a surrender charge, why does Australia need one, and how should policy makers design it?

14 February 2012

A bright shine in small solar fixes: response to the Climate Spectator

Criticisms of the Grattan Institute report ‘No easy choices: which way to Australia’s energy future’, are either incorrect or miss the point of the analysis.

6 February 2012

Low carbon future must also be low cost

It is increasingly clear that a carbon pricing scheme alone will not do enough to enable low-emission technologies to generate enough of our electricity at sufficiently low cost.

21 December 2011

The right way to value solar

There is a right and wrong way to value solar power. How do we avoid the pitfalls, and decide what solar power is worth?

19 October 2011

International carbon markets: what are the implications for Australia?

The Federal Government will seek to link Australia’s carbon trading scheme to international markets. It is right to do so.