Energy & Natural Resources

Policy design & reform needs to support a sustainable energy future for Australia

The policy landscape for electricity market reform is complex, with many different proposals spread across state governments, the federal government and energy market institutions.

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Hydrogen’s time has come. Could it be the ‘fuel of the future’?

We are now, more than ever, seeing strong interest in hydrogen globally including power generation, zero-emission fuel cell transport (cars, buses, trucks, trains, ships, forklifts, aerospace), energy storage, and industrial uses.

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Reframing network regulation to adapt to changing customer needs and preferences in the electricity industry

The electricity industry is experiencing technological disruption that many other industries have already faced and needs to adapt regulation to meet customer expectations.

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Renewable energy deals are ramping up globally, but what about Australia?

It’s getting hotter and Australia is talking battery storage and whether the Telsa battery in South Australia will help keep the lights on.

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The rise of energy poverty in Australia – both a social and moral issue

The release of the Australian Census data every five years offers a wealth of data about Australian residents. Match it with the Household Expenditure Survey (HES) which tracks money flows…

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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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