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.

16 January 2019

35 degree days make blackouts more likely, but new power stations won’t help

Summer is here with a vengeance. On hot days it’s very likely something in the power system will break and cause someone to lose power. And the weather bureau expects this summer to be hotter and drier than average – so your chances of losing power will be higher than normal.

19 December 2018

NSW becomes the key to NEG 2.0

Once upon a time, Australians could take pride in a winning men’s cricket team and a reliable supply of low cost energy. Both have taken a battering in recent times. Yet recent events might just provide some Christmas cheer for both.

10 December 2018

Newsflash. The government doesn’t need to break up power companies in order to tame prices. The ACCC says so

The federal Government should consider divestment powers broadly, rather than rushing to introduce them in one sector of the economy, electricity, because of a concern that its prices are too high.

23 November 2018

Labor’s battery plan – good policy, or just good politics?

Federal Labor obviously likes the politics of giving rebates of up to A$2,000 each to 100,000 households of prospective voters so they can install domestic batteries. But is this good policy that will support Australia’s transition to a reliable, affordable, low-emissions energy system, or is it just middle-class welfare?

22 November 2018

Labor energy policy will be Groundhog Day all over again

The right answer to Australia’s high electricity prices and rising greenhouse gas emissions is a credible climate change policy with enough bipartisan support to be around long enough to win broad acceptance. Federal Labor’s new energy policy is not the right answer.

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.

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.