Electricity and Gas Major Publications:
Current trends and perspectives in Australia
Chapter 22 in Local Electricity Markets, Editors: Tiago Pinto, Zita Vale, Steve Widergren, published by Elsevier 2021
There are several different dimensions of energy policy: • exploration and development of coal, gas, petroleum and uranium resources; • export policies; and • policies concerning the transformation delivery and sale of these and other energy sources (principally hydro, wind and solar). It is this third facet that is the prime concern of this chapter.
Renewable subsidies: destroyers of low cost electricity supplies
Renewable energy and its replacement of conventional electricity supplies In meeting targets agreed at the 2002 Kyoto Convention, the precursor to the Paris Agreement, Australia, by preventing land clearance, reduced emissions by 100 million tonnes a year of CO2 equivalent. Comprising almost 20 per cent of total emissions, this reduction allowed Australia to claim that there had been a negligible increase over the period 1990-2012, and Australian politicians were able to bask in diplomatic pl
National Energy Guarantee
Summary Government policies, largely involving renewable subsidies, have caused Australian electricity costs and prices to escalate and to become among the highest in the world. The NEG shifts the basis of the deleterious subsidy regime to become an emissions intensity scheme or carbon tax. Though ostensibly responsive to the Paris Agreement, the NEG is actually an industry policy proposal designed further to shift Australia to an “inevitable transition to a clean energy future”. On the bas
The Finkel Report’s Recommendations on the Future Security of the National Electricity Market: Impacts on the Australian Economy and Australian Consumers
Government actions have brought about vast increases in Australia’s electricity prices. They have done so by distorting the market through subsidies to wind and solar and by introducing measures prejudicial to cheaper and more reliable coal and gas based electricity.
Submission to the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market
28 January 2017
The report canvassed different options, but of the seven themes identified as showing a future path, only one of these ”Prices have risen substantially in the past five years” can be said unambiguously to be true. Most of the others are palpably false and even the one correct theme is not necessarily a guide to the future unless the policies that have been pursued over the past 16 years continue to be kept in place
Submission to Senate Committee on Windfarms
Submitted to Senate Committee, 12 January 2015
Submission to the Expert Advisers on the National Energy Consumer Advocacy Panel: Proposal for a National Energy Consumer Advocacy Body
Ministers at the Council of Australian Governments meeting on 7 December 2012 sought a paper at which would examine the regulations under which the Consumer Advocacy Panel “allocates grants to ensure it continues to operate in the interests of energy consumers”. The consultants commissioned to address the issue have published an interim report. This expands the scope and size of the proposal as initially envisaged. As announced by the Prime Minister, the new body was have staffing of 9.5 people. The review panel has upped this to 15 Full Time Equivalents with a budget of $5-7 million a year to cover:
The Emergence of Australia's Electricity Market
Int. J. Global Energy Issues, Vol. 29, Nos. 1 2, 2008
The Australian energy market has developed in response to two sets of government decisions. The first was a policy of the Victorian Government to sell its state-owned electricity supply system and to do so in a way that introduced competition wherever this was possible. At the same time, the Commonwealth (federal) Government had determined on a course of introducing competitive provision of electricity, without any commitment to privatisation. The outcome has been a considerable increase in prod
Driving investment in Renewable energy in Victoria
Energy Issues Paper 40, February 2006
RegulatoRy SubSidieS to Renewable eneRgy in VictoRia a submission to the Victorian government’s issues pape
A Brief Analysis of the Benefits of Privatising Victoria’s Electricity Industry
ENERGY ISSUES PAPER NO. 20 AUGUST 2001
This paper considers the economic impact of the privatisation of the electricity industry in Victoria. The changes in the Victorian electricity sector have led to increased productivity of capital and labour, improved system reliability, freed up public capital, reduced public debt and reduced final prices. This paper commences with descriptions and evidence of these benefits and then provides a summary of retail electricity prices over the past decade.
Can Coal Continue as the Primary Power Generation Source?
Address to National Summit on Power GenerationGold Coast 25 February 1999