10 September 2017

Next Generation: the long-term future of the National Electricity Market

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

Powering through: how to restore confidence in the National Electricity Market

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

Price shock: Is the retail electricity market failing consumers?

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

Keeping the lights on: lessons from South Australia’s power shock

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

Orange Book 2016: priorities for the next Commonwealth Government

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

Climate phoenix: a sustainable Australian climate policy

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

Post Paris: Australia’s climate policy options

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

Fair pricing for Western Australia’s electricity

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

Sundown, sunrise: how Australia can finally get solar power right

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

Gas at the crossroads: Australia’s hard choice

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.

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