10 September 2017
Australia’s electricity system is under pressure like never before. Work should start immediately on a new ‘capacity mechanism’ in case it is needed to ensure reliable supplies in future.
21 May 2017
Urgent action is needed to reduce the risk of power blackouts this summer. But the danger is politicians panicking and rushing to decisions that push up electricity prices and make it harder to cut emissions. What’s needed is market reform, not government investments in generation.
13 March 2017
Competition in electricity retailing has failed to deliver lower prices and better services for consumers. Governments will need to step in and re-regulate prices if the industry does not lift its game.
25 September 2016
Soaring wholesale electricity prices in South Australia in July warn of Australia’s failure to combine climate change and energy policies. To ensure that power is reliable, affordable and sustainable, it’s time to heed the lesson.
14 June 2016
Australia faces many domestic policy challenges as the election looms. Yet a survey of seven years of Grattan Institute reports and policy proposals shows that a government prepared to forcefully articulate the public interest could win public support for a brave and powerful reform agenda.
10 April 2016
After a decade of toxic political debate, there is an opportunity to forge a stable and compelling policy on climate change that both major parties can support.
15 December 2015
An economy-wide, market-based scheme is the best way to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions – it’s also politically difficult. Six criteria should guide the design of an alternative policy framework.
23 November 2015
Moving to a demand tariff will make electricity prices in Western Australia fairer immediately, and cheaper in the long run. But government must be brave and explain the benefits.
24 May 2015
An energy revolution, featuring solar panels and home batteries, is at hand in Australia. Governments must not botch it, as they did last time.
19 October 2014
Big gas price increases are looming for Australian homes and businesses. But the emerging export industry will deliver great economic benefits, and governments should resist rising calls for gas protection.