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Inflation, interest rates, commodity prices and electricity prices

Inflation, interest rates, commodity prices and electricity prices

There has been growing concern about inflationary pressures, the prospect of higher interest rates and higher fuel costs for the economy generally. But what do these factors mean for electricity prices? We have taken a detailed look at the factors at play and how they are likely to determine and influence our power prices.

BY Peter Brook May 19 2022
Zero Emissions Dispatchability Discussion Paper

Zero Emissions Dispatchability Discussion Paper

The latest discussion paper in the Australian Energy Council’s series on Australia’s Energy Future focuses on the need for zero emissions dispatchable plant to complement the growth of renewable energy and the retirement of existing coal and gas generation. It also considers the types of zero emissions dispatchable power currently available.

BY Australian Energy Council Apr 28 2022
Electrification & Heat: Discussion paper released

Electrification & Heat: Discussion paper released

The Australian Energy Council is releasing a series of discussion papers examining the challenges and opportunities in decarbonisation of the economy. This paper - Electrification & Heat - considers the potential electrification of heat sources in both the residential and industrial context.

BY Australian Energy Council Apr 21 2022
Closure notice rules not as simple as they sound

Closure notice rules not as simple as they sound

Last week, the Federal Energy Minister submitted a rule change to the AEMC to extend the notice of closure for generators to five years. Early market information is certainly beneficial, but attempting to mandate fixed dates does introduce complexities, is not readily enforceable and is potentially counter-productive. It also appears to confuse forecasts and commitments. We take a look at the history of such rules, along with the issues that can arise.

BY Ben Skinner Apr 14 2022
New Discussion Papers Outline Decarbonisation Challenges and Opportunities

New Discussion Papers Outline Decarbonisation Challenges and Opportunities

In June 2020 the Australian Energy Council released its Net Zero by 2050 policy. Since then the focus has turned to interim targets to set the economy on a realistic pathway to meet the overall ambition and the AEC subsequently announced its support for an economy-wide emissions reduction target of 55% on 2005 levels by 2035. The AEC is now releasing a series of discussion papers examining the challenges and opportunities with decarbonisation. The latest is on Eletrification & Heat.

BY Australian Energy Council Apr 07 2022
Electrification and 'peakier' generation: The gas outlook

Electrification and 'peakier' generation: The gas outlook

When the market operator released its gas outlook for eastern and south-eastern Australia this week a lot of media focus was on the potential for a “gas squeeze”. But the assessment also flags the potential for electrification to impact gas consumption into the future, the continuing importance of gas generation and a likely change in peak demand periods for its output.

BY Carl Kitchen Mar 31 2022
Transitioning to Net Zero: Different transitions, different paths

Transitioning to Net Zero: Different transitions, different paths

While there’s been much debate about how to make the transition to Net Zero, a new report aims to quantify the potential risks and financial implications if Australia’s path to decarbonisation is delayed. The CSIRO report looks at the economy’s exposure to climate-related transition risk, and aims to be a “first step” to identifying which industries will have greater risks if the transition to Net Zero is delayed.

BY Justine Lovell Mar 10 2022
NPI methodologies: How do generators calculate emissions?

NPI methodologies: How do generators calculate emissions?

Last year, the Australian Energy Council engaged Environment Resources Management to review the different ways industry calculates and reports its emissions to the National Pollutant Inventory. This review shows the emission estimation methods that electricity generators use for their emissions data.

BY Rhys Thomas Feb 24 2022
Carbon credits: Will they continue to rise in price?

Carbon credits: Will they continue to rise in price?

The Federal Government announced it would extend consultation on its contentious proposal to allow the Minister for Agriculture to veto certain carbon credit projects. The debate around this proposal comes on the backdrop of skyrocketing demand for Australian Carbon Credit Units, and with it, pressure for increased supply.

BY Rhys Thomas Feb 10 2022
Year in review: Some hits, some misses

Year in review: Some hits, some misses

It was another year of significant developments in the energy sector ranging from carbon emission commitments from both the Federal Government and Opposition, to the start of 5 minute settlements and Victoria's new tougher requirements for retailers.

BY Carl Kitchen Dec 09 2021
Green steel deal

Green steel deal

With the world’s eyes on COP26, Australia may be looking in the wrong direction for the next major step on decarbonisation. Bilateral trade pacts centred around a US-EU alliance could be the way forward and may give Australia pause for thought on its own approach; but the picture may be more complicated.

Are EVs an election battleground?

Are EVs an election battleground?

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently announced the Federal Government’s ‘Future Fuels and Vehicles Strategy’, which commits to spending $250 million on electric vehicle charging infrastructure as part of the push to net zero by 2050.

BY Hamish Fitzsimmons Nov 11 2021
Electricity does heavy lifting on emissions reductions

Electricity does heavy lifting on emissions reductions

The Federal Government has unveiled its net zero emissions by 2050 target and projections for economy-wide emissions. The projections show the heavy lifting that's occurred from the electricity sector and flags the continued leading role the sector will play in reducing the country’s greenhouse gas output. But it also shows more needs to be done by other sectors to reach its 2050 target.

BY Carl Kitchen Oct 28 2021
Emission targets: The state of play

Emission targets: The state of play

The Federal Cabinet recently met to consider the Government’s plan for a net zero emissions by 2050 target. This has proved challenging for the Coalition partners. The push for stronger interim targets has emerged in the lead up to the Glasgow Climate Summit and has been reinforced by other countries increasing their commitments. We look at some of the targets that have been set both domestically and internationally.

BY Australian Energy Council Oct 14 2021
Nuclear debate resurfaces

Nuclear debate resurfaces

Debate about Australia’s national security needs and commitment to nuclear submarines has led to renewed advocacy for a domestic nuclear power industry. The question of nuclear power has previously been formally canvassed. While it's sensible to keep technology options open through a technology neutral approach, nuclear generation has major impediments to its introduction in Australia. We look at some of the challenges.

BY Carl Kitchen Oct 14 2021
Electrification plan: “Ambitious but realistic”?

Electrification plan: “Ambitious but realistic”?

There’s been plenty of media attention around claims the average Australian household could save $5000 annually on their energy and vehicle costs by 2030 and up to $6000 by 2035 through greater electrification. But what is the basis for this claim? And what would have to happen for this to occur?

BY Carl Kitchen Oct 07 2021
Eurovision: Would Germany’s coal exit law be a hit in Australia?

Eurovision: Would Germany’s coal exit law be a hit in Australia?

As the world head towards Glasgow, countries are being asked to review their level of climate ambition and whether they’re on track to get there. Well known for its coal use, Germany has developed a formal mechanism that will see all coal-fired generation phased out by 2038. So what, if anything, can Australia learn?

BY Rhys Thomas Sep 23 2021
Is Orca a new carbon predator?

Is Orca a new carbon predator?

The Federal Government has broadened the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s remit to support technologies to address carbon emissions, including carbon capture and storage. Last week the agency’s new investment plan was released, and at the same time a new facility began operating using novel carbon capture technology.

BY Australian Energy Council Sep 16 2021
Four pathways to decarbonisation

Four pathways to decarbonisation

The release of the latest UN IPCC report has reignited debate about how quickly Australia should decarbonise and a federal commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. The CSIRO, in conjunction with ClimateWorks Australia, has undertaken an assessment of decarbonisation scenarios for Australia.

BY Carl Kitchen Aug 12 2021
European Union plans to get “Fit for 55”

European Union plans to get “Fit for 55”

The European Commission unveiled a suite of new environmental policies under its “Fit for 55” legislative package, highlighting the EU’s attempt to meet its 55 per cent net emissions reduction target for 2030. The package includes a range of policies but the carbon border adjustment mechanism - or CBAM - received the most media attention, including within Australia.

BY Rhys Thomas Jul 22 2021
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