Energy & Natural Resources

Australia is in an energy crisis – 2018 needs to be a year of genuine action

Australia is in an energy crisis. The current state of pain is clearly understood with mountains of reports, submissions, analysis, policy announcements, and tweets.

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The power of choice – what the introduction of smart meters means for customers

On 1 December 2017 the Power of Choice (PoC) reforms commence introducing contestability for the provision of metering services to small customers in NSW, ACT, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia.…

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The National Energy Guarantee lives to fight another day

A fundamental shift is needed in energy policy to provide a sure path for Australia to meet its emission reduction obligations while ensuring a reliable and affordable supply for customers.

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Shining a light on Australia’s controversial east coast gas pricing – a new ABS tool

The new ABS gas price index shines some light on the opaqueness of gas supply agreements, increasing the transparency and quality of information available in the market.

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Small energy retailers are important for innovation and customer choice; but may suffer under increased regulation

With growing concerns about retail prices and profits retail energy providers are in the spotlight.

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The status quo is not good enough, but will the new national energy guarantee deliver reliability and emission reductions?

The days and weeks ahead are vital for engaging stakeholders and state governments on the national energy plan’s merits. It won’t please everyone and the detail still needs to be worked through.

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Can pumped hydro storage and solar thermal plants provide a solution to security of power supply?

Security of power supply is one of the key issues facing the Australian energy market.

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On-site renewable power generation worth exploring to reduce costs for industry 

Dmitry Danilovich explores the potential of on-site renewable power generation.

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Would a single buyer scheme help electricity consumers with more competitive pricing?

The objective of single buyer schemes is to allow customers to benefit from a competitive price for electricity without having to shop around.

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Putting power back in the hands of consumers: shifting the focus back to the user

The electricity market is increasingly geared towards providing customers with new energy services but energy affordability and continuity of supply is still a costly issue for consumers

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Finkel’s stronger governance arrangements to redefine energy institutions

While the focus from the Finkel Review has been on the Clean Energy Target and affordability, a number of other potentially fundamental changes to energy market governance arrangements have garnered less attention.

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Finkel Review: Clean Energy Target to provide policy certainty and drive investment

Australia requires continuing investment in clean energy and the Finkel Review proposes a set of recommendations capable of implementation within the next 18 months to drive it.

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Finkel Review: Customers at the heart of the energy transition but will it deliver lower prices?

The Finkel Review recognises consumers are at the heart of the transition to cleaner energy. But the question remains, will his recommendations deliver lower prices?

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