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Wind farms are pushing down the price of electricity in the electricity market. Chris J Stewart, Starfish Wind Farm, Cape Jervis, South Australia.

Are wind farms messing up the electricity market?

South Australia's recent blackout raised questions about the role of wind energy in Australia's electricity network.
Malcolm Turnbull faces many challenges in transitioning Australia to a post-mining boom economy. Lukas Coch/AAP

A snapshot of the challenges facing the new Turnbull government

What are the key policy challenges facing the new Turnbull government in terms of economic growth and budgets, cities, transport, energy, school education, higher education and health?
Bringing down over-investment in electricity networks is a complicated area for regulators. Flickr/Indigo Skies Photography

Bringing an end to electricity network gold-plating

A senate interim report suggests the retrospective write-down of state-owned gold-plated electricity assets. Good luck with that.
NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance with the 2014 budget. An economic analysis has found electricity revenues have been crucial to keeping the NSW budget in surplus in recent years. Paul Miller/AAP

Power privatisation is bad for the NSW budget bottom line

We found that without state-owned electricity revenues, the NSW Coalition government would have struggled to avoid recording deficits in every budget since its election in 2011.
Money spent on helping consumers reduce demand means less money spent on substations and other infrastructure. Bidgee/Wikimedia Commons

A simple rule change can save billions for power networks and their customers

Incentives for cutting peak power demand are cheaper than building ever more infrastructure and sending power bills ever higher. The industry has a chance to embrace this new approach - but will it?
Free ‘fuel’ means renewable energy has almost no marginal cost. Stephen Jones

Sun and wind could finally make electricity ‘too cheap to meter’

Our children will enjoy in their homes electrical energy too cheap to meter. – Lewis L Strauss, chair of the US Atomic Energy Commission, 1954. When Strauss first coined the phrase above he was thinking…
Falling demand and prices are leaving no incentive to invest in Australia’s electricity sector.  Indigo Skies Photography /Flickr

Why Australia’s entire power sector should support the RET

There’s been much talk about how uncertainty over the future of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is affecting the renewable energy industry. Investment in renewable energy is at its lowest level since…
A rose-tinted view of central energy planning, or the best fit for the job? Ackers72

Back to the CEGB? Greater central control of UK energy may be inevitable

While a privatised energy market has delivered stable and cost-effective electricity to Britain’s national grid for 25 years, the world and the pressures it faces are changing. A group of Newcastle University…
Too complex by half. Albert Bridge

UK energy policy gets more complex, but goes nowhere

With floods sweeping the country, energy policy has slipped down the agenda since Labour’s attention-grabbing price freeze policy announcement. And this of course is unfortunate, as energy policy is central…

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