National Electricity Market – Analyses

In the absence of federal policy, states are pursing their own renewable targets. Karsten Würth/Unsplash

We need a national renewables approach, or some states – like NSW – will miss out

State renewable energy targets have been driving energy investment in Australia. 'Where and when' the generation and transmission build occurs varies substantially under a national approach.
Managed in the right way, wind farms can actually help stabilise the grid, rather than disrupting it. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

What’s the net cost of using renewables to hit Australia’s climate target? Nothing

New modelling suggests that Australia could use renewable energy to hit its 2030 emissions reduction targets, without it costing any more overall than maintaining the status quo.
A new report claims that combing renewable energy sources like solar with battery storage could safely take Australia to 50% renewables by 2030. AAP Image/Lucy Hughes Jones

‘Finkel’s new energy report’ isn’t new and it isn’t by Finkel

A recent report claims that Australia's energy can reliably come from 50% renewable sources by 2030. But arguing over renewable levels distracts from a paucity of policy.
The new energy policy could potentially function to preserve black coal’s place in the energy mix. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Will the National Energy Guarantee hit pause on renewables?

The National Energy Guarantee proposal seems geared towards locking in the status quo rather than driving the much-needed energy transition.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) and Australian Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg today announced the government’s new energy policy. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Infographic: the National Energy Guarantee at a glance

The National Energy Guarantee promises to make electricity supply more reliable, cheaper and less polluting.