16 June 2013

Getting gas right: Australia’s energy challenge

The global gas revolution is poised to create a huge Australian export industry but also significantly raise our domestic gas bills. Calls for protection against high gas prices are getting louder. Government should ignore them, but help the market adapt to a new world.

2 December 2012

Putting the customer back in front: How to make electricity prices cheaper

Electricity prices are too high because the regulation of distribution networks is broken. Fixing it could bring savings of about $100 a year for every household. This report explains why and how it should be done.

15 July 2012

Building the bridge: a practical plan for a low-cost, low-emissions energy future

The carbon price is a vital step in creating a low-emissions future for Australia, but it needs further support. Grattan’s report proposes an innovative and practical solution to an extremely difficult problem.

6 February 2012

No easy choices: which way to Australia’s energy future?

The carbon pricing scheme alone is not enough to effect the change Australia needs. The report assesses the main low-emissions electricity options, and suggests ways to address an acute intellectual and policy challenge.

30 August 2011

New protectionism under carbon pricing

The Government’s unduly generous assistance to industry under its carbon emissions package may create a new protectionism. The whole community will pay for unjustified subsidies to the LNG and coal industries.

7 April 2011

Learning the hard way: Australia’s policies to reduce emissions

An analysis of more than 300 government programs to tackle climate change since 1997 demonstrates clearly what works and what does not in reducing carbon emissions. What reduces emissions most effectively and cheaply is the creation of a market.

15 December 2010

Markets to reduce pollution: cheaper than expected

Technology innovation driven by markets is the key to reducing carbon emissions. Experience shows that markets may not be perfect, but they are consistently effective at identifying lower cost opportunities, promoting innovation, and responding flexibly to changes.

22 April 2010

Restructuring the Australian economy to emit less carbon

Industry by industry analysis shows that an Australian carbon price will not result in widespread job losses or higher carbon emissions. Proposed free permits under the CPRS are expensive and will delay restructuring the Australian economy efficiently to emit less carbon.