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Today's Nine Group papers report plans for a gas-fired economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will receive a boost in next week's federal budget, with nearly $40 million set aside to fast-track pipelines, storage projects and billionaire Andrew Forrest's proposed LNG import terminal.

May 07 2021

Latest Analysis

Winter energy bills: Avoid a shock

Winter energy bills: Avoid a shock

With colder weather comes an increase in electricity and gas use. The AEC has published analysis of average electricity and gas costs by region using the latest energy consumption data. It shows seasonal breakdowns of energy use for each major network, as well as state by state average gas and electricity costs. It also offers simple tips on how people can save on their bills.

BY Hamish Fitzsimmons Apr 29 2021
Hydrogen for generation

Hydrogen for generation

Hydrogen is currently enjoying extraordinary political and business momentum, with the number of policies, national plans and projects growing. With its lack of carbon emissions, there is momentum for its use in generation - but some challenges still remain.

BY Carl Kitchen Apr 29 2021
Texan energy crisis: Lessons for Australian electricity markets

Texan energy crisis: Lessons for Australian electricity markets

In February Texas endured a winter storm that dragged temperatures well below freezing. Electricity generation plant and gas infrastructure proved unprepared for these temperatures and around a third of the state’s effective capacity went offline for some or all of this period, just as demand was spiking to a new winter record.

New survey shows shifts in consumer sentiment

New survey shows shifts in consumer sentiment

The latest in a series of surveys on the experience of consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a snapshot of the performance of retailers, as well as the level of concern among consumers about managing their power bills.

BY Carl Kitchen Apr 15 2021
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Latest Reports

Solar Report: First quarter 2021
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Solar Report: First quarter 2021

Latest data from the Clean Energy Regulator shows Australia’s solar installations continue to climb. Our latest Solar Report updates on solar rooftop systems across the nation, the uptake of batteries with solar across the states, and the AEMC’s new proposed solar export charge.

May 06 2021
Texan energy crisis: Lessons for Australian electricity markets
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Texan energy crisis: Lessons for Australian electricity markets

This report considers the similarities and differences of Texas’s ERCOT market to the NEM in the context of the Texas Energy Crisis of February 2021. Storms and a very cold snap led to up to a third of the ERCOT system’s capacity going offline. The report considers what was the root cause of the crisis and how relevant is the Texan electricity crisis for Australia?

Apr 22 2021
Inception Report: A double-sided causer pays implementation of frequency deviation pricing
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Inception Report: A double-sided causer pays implementation of frequency deviation pricing

This AEC sponsored and ARENA supported project is to research and model the Double-Sided Causer Pays approach to PFR and potentially also to other related slow-moving services such as those for regulation. This Inception Report outlines the tasks to be performed, including the early identification of any possible issues with the proposed design and analysis work.

BY AEC Apr 16 2021
Balancing act: Protecting consumers in a viable retail energy market
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Balancing act: Protecting consumers in a viable retail energy market

This report considers whether the original market design remains fit for purpose in 2021. It also ascertains whether any amendments to either the risk allocation or regulatory structure of the market is necessary to ensure the retail market remains viable into the future.

Feb 28 2021
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