26 March 2018

Down to the wire: A sustainable electricity network for Australia

A conversation with Grattan Senior Associate, Kate Griffiths. State governments have spent up to $20 billion more than was needed on the electricity grid. Customers are paying up to $400 more for their power each year than they should. They should get a rebate, or governments should write down the value of the assets to reduce electricity bills.

23 January 2018

The ten-year story of Australia’s Electricity price rise crisis

A conversation with Energy Fellow, David Blowers. Australia’s electricity sector is in crisis, or something close to it. But electricity shortages are just one part of the story – for most Australians a more visible and perhaps crucial part of this crisis is our ever-increasing electricity bills and everyone wants to blame someone else for the problem. Is there a single factor responsible for our electricity pricing woes? Or is the story more complex than that?

13 September 2017

Retail Competition in the electricity sector and energy price

Event podcast: this Energy Futures Seminar, a part of the Policy Pitch series, explored the Thwaites Review findings and the Grattan Report ‘Price shock: Is the retail electricity market failing consumers?’ released earlier this year. The expert panel, moderated by Dr Sara Bice and joined by John Thwaites, Tony Wood and Sarah McNamara debated the Review’s recommendations for a regulated Basic Service Offer and related issues.

11 September 2017

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

A conversation with Energy Fellow, David Blowers. 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.

31 July 2017

Australia’s Post-Finkel Energy Future

An interview with Grattan Institute Associate, Kate Griffiths. Following the release of the Finkel review into the security of the National Electricity Market, the COAG Energy Council of state and federal Energy Ministers came together last Friday 14 July to discuss the review’s recommendations. What did COAG agree, what’s missing and what are the next steps?

5 July 2017

Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s Review of the Security of the National Electricity Market – Sydney

Event Podcast: This Forward Thinking event followed the release of the Final Report of the Finkel Review. Dr Finkel and a panel of experts discussed how Australia can respond to challenges that our electricity system faces

4 July 2017

Energy Futures Seminar: Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s Review of the Security of the National Electricity Market

Event Podcast: This Energy Futures Seminar followed the release of the Final Report of the Finkel Review. Dr Finkel and a panel of experts discussed how Australia can respond to challenges that our electricity system faces. Please note the sound quality for this recording is poor due to audio issues on the night.

21 June 2017

A look at Nuclear energy

A conversation with Energy Program Director Tony Wood and special guest – Director of Energy at the Breakthrough Institute, Jessica Lovering. Jessica has co-authored a number of reports and publications looking a Nuclear energy, including the recent How to make Nuclear Innovative. Jessica and Tony discuss what the future of Nuclear energy might be and what a Nuclear energy source would look like now compared to days past.

21 May 2017

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

An interview with Grattan Institute Associate, Kate Griffiths. 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.

16 May 2017

Budget 2017: the verdict

A conversation with Grattan’s CEO, John Daley and Australian Perspectives Fellow, Brendan Coates, featuring guest interviews with Grattan Program Directors, Jim Minifie, Stephen Duckett, Marion Terrill, Pete Goss and Andrew Norton. A guide to the 2017 Budget – the main themes, budget repair, budget methodology and Bill Shorten’s Budget reply.

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