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Energy challenges highlighted by white paper

Energy challenges highlighted by white paper

The NSW Productivity Commission recently released a white paper, “Rebooting the economy”, which, amongst other things, has highlighted some of the challenges facing the energy sector.

BY Carl Kitchen Jun 10 2021
NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap: A highway to hell?

NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap: A highway to hell?

On 9 November the NSW Government published its 'Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap'. Is it the path to the promised land – or a highway to hell?

Green paper sends carbon signal

Green paper sends carbon signal

Unlike the Federal Government’s recent energy-related announcements, the NSW Productivity Commission’s Green Paper appeared quietly. While it did not attract the same high-profile focus, it put forward recommendations that could impact on the energy landscape.

BY AEC Oct 08 2020
How competitive is the NSW wholesale electricity market?

How competitive is the NSW wholesale electricity market?

In its interim report last year, the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission raised concerns about the highly concentrated nature of the National Electricity Market.” As the final report is due to be released in July, we examine this claim with a detailed look at the NSW wholesale market

BY Matthew Warren Mar 27 2019
Retail prices: IPART sounds note of caution

Retail prices: IPART sounds note of caution

The recent draft review of New South Wales power bills by the state’s Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) supports the view that competition should be left to deliver the best outcomes for consumers, if supported by a stable and predictable energy market framework.

BY Nick Leys Oct 11 2018
Smart Meters: Is the competitive rollout working?

Smart Meters: Is the competitive rollout working?

The introduction of competition in metering is the largest single change in electricity retailing since the introduction of full retail competition (FRC) itself. Like the introduction of FRC, there have been some problems at go live. So is Power of Choice working? We take a look at the rollout.

BY David Markham Oct 04 2018
RiverLink: Don’t spend the savings all at once!

RiverLink: Don’t spend the savings all at once!

In 2016 a proposal for an electricity interconnector between South Australia and New South Wales was put on the table as a way to help address SA’s energy issues. An original interconnector proposal known as RiverLink with a projected cost of about $110 million was scrapped when the state’s electricity assets were privatised for about $5 billion in 1999.[i]

BY Duncan MacKinnon Jul 26 2018
Feed-in tariff resets: Solar sabotage or real value?

Feed-in tariff resets: Solar sabotage or real value?

Recent claims that the decision by the independent pricing regulator to reduce feed-in tariffs for PV equipped households in NSW will “sabotage” the solar industry show a lack of understanding on why the tariff scheme was introduced in the first place.

BY Nick Leys Jul 16 2018
Capacity factors: Understanding the misunderstood

Capacity factors: Understanding the misunderstood

With the current debate about the future of the Liddell Power Station in New South Wales, some media have focused on the plant’s capacity factor.

BY Carol Tran Dec 22 2017
Regulator shines a light on NSW wholesale market

Regulator shines a light on NSW wholesale market

This week the AER released its review into the “step change” in wholesale electricity prices in NSW since late 2016. This was the first review under the AER’s new wholesale market monitoring powers, so it was important opportunity to shed a clearer light on what is driving up wholesale electricity prices.

The three Rs of electricity retailing: Regulators, Reviews and Risks

The three Rs of electricity retailing: Regulators, Reviews and Risks

Last week New South Wales’ Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal released its latest look at retail competition in that state’s electricity market, adding its voice to warnings from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission about the implications of energy re-regulation for consumers.

Queensland and NSW put the heat on demand

Queensland and NSW put the heat on demand

In January as a result of statewide mean maximum temperatures well above average[i], Queensland recorded a new all-time peak for electricity demand of 9,412[ii] megawatts (MW) on 18 January. To the south, heatwave conditions pushed New South Wales’ very close to its record peak demand. The amount of power consumed on 10 February was only a few megawatts shy of the 14,764 MW[iii] recorded in the summer of 2010-2011.

BY Panos Priftakis Feb 16 2017
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