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The latest insights into the National Electricity Market

October CER roundup

The renewable energy sector continues to demonstrate it is largely COVID-proof with continuing growth in the pipeline of projects, based on the latest data from the Clean Energy Regulator (CER). In the longer term the recently launched NSW electricity infrastructure roadmap will stimulate many more

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The not-so gentle art of bundling

The recent announcement by telephony giant Telstra about its plans to become an electricity retailer is not so much new, green or innovative. But it may mark an important inflection point in the evolution the electricity market: the demise of the vertically integrated retailer. Telstra

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Turning off the gas?

Grattan’s latest energy analysis has provoked much debate in the media including pushback on some of its conclusions from the federal government and the gas network sector, amongst others. Grattan’s main thesis is that the idea of a gas-led recovery is a mirage and would

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China: getting to net zero by 2060

China is the world’s biggest greenhouse emitter, the second biggest economy and the biggest manufacturer of wind turbines, solar panels and batteries in the world. It is both the problem and the solution to climate change. In September in an address to the United Nations

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Where are they now?

The energy transition brings with it big and bold plans for megaprojects, futuristic technologies and radical new business models. As a cautionary tale we consider some of the spectacular failures of the last decade. Remember when a Perth based company was going to build the

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NSW goes back to the future

NSW Energy Minister, Matt Kean, shouldn’t be so coy. His sudden reveal this week is politely called the “NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap“. It is more aptly titled “The End of the Competitive Electricity Market and a Return to the Central Planning of the State Electricity

Read More »

October CER roundup

The renewable energy sector continues to demonstrate it is largely COVID-proof with continuing growth in the pipeline of projects, based on the latest data from the Clean Energy Regulator (CER). In the longer term the recently launched NSW electricity infrastructure roadmap will stimulate many more

Read More »

The not-so gentle art of bundling

The recent announcement by telephony giant Telstra about its plans to become an electricity retailer is not so much new, green or innovative. But it may mark an important inflection point in the evolution the electricity market: the demise of the vertically integrated retailer. Telstra

Read More »

Turning off the gas?

Grattan’s latest energy analysis has provoked much debate in the media including pushback on some of its conclusions from the federal government and the gas network sector, amongst others. Grattan’s main thesis is that the idea of a gas-led recovery is a mirage and would

Read More »

China: getting to net zero by 2060

China is the world’s biggest greenhouse emitter, the second biggest economy and the biggest manufacturer of wind turbines, solar panels and batteries in the world. It is both the problem and the solution to climate change. In September in an address to the United Nations

Read More »

Where are they now?

The energy transition brings with it big and bold plans for megaprojects, futuristic technologies and radical new business models. As a cautionary tale we consider some of the spectacular failures of the last decade. Remember when a Perth based company was going to build the

Read More »

NSW goes back to the future

NSW Energy Minister, Matt Kean, shouldn’t be so coy. His sudden reveal this week is politely called the “NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap“. It is more aptly titled “The End of the Competitive Electricity Market and a Return to the Central Planning of the State Electricity

Read More »

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NEM Risk Bulletin provides concise, accurate and no-nonsense insights into the unruly transformation of Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM). The Bulletin’s editorial team has a defining core value: the objective of electricity market reform should be to deliver timely  emissions reductions while maintaining a reliable system for  the lowest possible cost.

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Blackout

by Matthew Warren

For 20 years Australia has been in political denial about the seismic changes occurring in the way we power our country. Successive governments continue to tell people that power prices will fall while the lights stay on. Blackout charts the history of electricity in Australia and the world, its collision course with climate change and explains the decade of political chaos and technical decline that has ensued. By understanding  how we got into this mess, it proposes a pathway forward to a reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity system.