28 March 2018

Heat is on to stop surge in Queensland power bills

The cost of the electricity grid in Queensland has gone up by 75 per cent in a decade – and we’re all paying for it through our power bills. Under successive state governments, more and more money has been spent on building network infrastructure. Trouble is, it’s not clear what benefit consumers are getting from the excessive spending on a bigger network.

26 March 2018

You’re paying too much for electricity, but here’s what the states can do about it

State-owned power networks have spent up to A$20 billion more than was needed on the electricity grid, and households and businesses in New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania are paying for it in sky-high power bills.

26 March 2018

Why are our power bills so high? We’re paying for mistakes of the past

The cost of the electricity grid in NSW has almost doubled in a decade — and we’re all paying for it through our power bills. Under successive state governments, more and more money has been spent on building network infrastructure. The trouble is, it’s not clear what benefit consumers are getting from the excessive spending on a bigger network.

25 March 2018

Cut energy bills by ending gold-plated investment

Australians want cheaper electricity. State governments in Queensland, NSW and Tasmania could save consumers $100 to $400 a year by addressing past over-expenditure in their distribution and transmission network businesses.

22 March 2018

As the Libs claim South Australia, states are falling into line behind the National Energy Guarantee

Australia is edging closer to finally having a national, integrated, energy and climate policy. We’ve been here before, and previously have let the perfect become the enemy of the good.

1 March 2018

Don’t lose an opportunity for integrating energy and climate change policy

The Energy Security Board’s approach to the National Energy Guarantee could deliver the integrated energy and climate policy that Australia needs. The ESB will need to determine whether the reliability requirement is addressing investment, deployment, or both.

19 February 2018

The pathways forward for the energy sector

Most of us begin each new year hoping it will be better than the last. Australia’s energy sector is no different. And the good news is that this time, the optimism may be justified.

1 February 2018

Designing a more reliable National Electricity Market

Australia is seeking to design a ‘reliability mechanism’ as part of the National Energy Guarantee. This Working Paper provides suggestions on how to design the mechanism and how it might work. On balance, we support a well-designed retailer obligation that utilises commercial market drivers. But we recognise there are risks in this approach. Policy makers will need to consult widely to ensure the new mechanism achieves the right balance between higher reliability and lower costs.

7 January 2018

Avoiding summer blackouts doesn’t mean energy crisis over

Australians deserve – and need – far better energy and climate policy in 2018 than they got on 2017. Reviews and reports were a feature of the second half of the year. And taken together, they give hope: they may just provide the framework for focused action in 2018.

2 January 2018

A high price for policy failure: the ten-year story of spiralling electricity bills

Australia’s electricity sector is in crisis, or something close to it. For most Australians, the most visible impact of this crisis has been their ever-increasing electricity bills.

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