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Australia's Energy Future - Regional Transitions

Australia's Energy Future - Regional Transitions Australia's Energy Future - Regional Transitions

The latest discussion paper in the Australian Energy Council’s “55 by 35” series on Australia’s Energy Future focuses on the implications of the target and the transition to net zero for regional economies in the light of the progressive closure of coal power plants. It recognises that there is a policy case for a focus on these regions, given that coal power plants (and in some cases associated mines) are major employers in those regions.

BY Australian Energy Council Aug 04 2022
Solar Report: Second quarter 2022

Solar Report: Second quarter 2022 Solar Report: Second quarter 2022

The Australian Energy Council’s latest Solar Report updates on developments in the second quarter. Based on current Clean Energy Regulator (CER) data it shows a drop in solar rooftop installations – due to a range of factors including supply chain costs and weather events. Regardless of the drop in Q2, solar continues to play a growing role in the grid. The report looks at factors behind the changes as well as state-by-state shifts.

Jul 28 2022
Australia's Energy Future - Hydrogen

Australia's Energy Future - Hydrogen Australia's Energy Future - Hydrogen

The latest discussion paper in the Australian Energy Council’s “55 by 35” series on Australia’s Energy Future focuses on hydrogen. The AEC has proposed an interim economy-wide emission reduction target of 55 per cent from 2005 levels by 2035 and the papers consider options for decarbonisation. Hydrogen undoubtedly has considerable potential, but it’s still also a long way away from delivering on that potential.

BY Australian Energy Council Jul 28 2022
A Look at the Impact of Inflation, Interest Rates, Commodity Prices and Electricity Prices

A Look at the Impact of Inflation, Interest Rates, Commodity Prices and Electricity Prices A Look at the Impact of Inflation, Interest Rates, Commodity Prices and Electricity Prices

After a decade of low and stable inflation and extremely low interest rates primarily driven by the global financial crisis in 2009 and then the COVID19 global pandemic, the situation has now changed. Key drivers include the pandemic i.e. government stimulus policies, supply chain disruptions, labour shortages and key input shortages, energy and many commodity prices.

May 25 2022
Solar Report: First quarter 2022

Solar Report: First quarter 2022 Solar Report: First quarter 2022

The Australian Energy Council’s latest Solar Report updates on developments in the first quarter. Based on current Clean Energy Regulator (CER) data it shows a marked drop in solar rooftop installations – the lowest level in the comparable quarter in at least the last three years. Regardless of the drop in Q1, solar continues to play a growing role in the grid. The report looks at factors behind the changes as well as state-by-state shifts.

May 05 2022
Australia's Energy Future - Zero Emissions Dispatchability

Australia's Energy Future - Zero Emissions Dispatchability Australia's Energy Future - Zero Emissions Dispatchability

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 looks at the types of zero emissions dispatchable power currently available. 

Apr 28 2022
Estimation of the market risk premium and its relationship to the risk free rate in the context of regulation of electricity and gas energy networks

Estimation of the market risk premium and its relationship to the risk free rate in the context of regulation of electricity and gas energy networks Estimation of the market risk premium and its relationship to the risk free rate in the context of regulation of electricity and gas energy networks

The AEC has published a paper, in collaboration with Energy Consumers Australia and the AER Customer Reference Group, on the estimation of the market risk premium (MRP). The MRP is used as part of estimations to ensure that consumers are paying no more than is necessary.

Apr 28 2022
Australia's Energy Future - Electrification and Heat

Australia's Energy Future - Electrification and Heat Australia's Energy Future - Electrification and Heat

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
Australia's Energy Future - Introductory Paper

Australia's Energy Future - Introductory Paper Australia's Energy Future - Introductory Paper

Electrification will increase electricity demand and the implications for the generation mix and networks require consideration. Additionally, decarbonisation is driving coal plant closures. In light of this the AEC is developing a series of discussion papers examining the challenges and opportunities with decarbonisation.

BY Australian Energy Council Apr 07 2022
Australia's Energy Future - Decarbonising Transport

Australia's Energy Future - Decarbonising Transport Australia's Energy Future - Decarbonising Transport

This is one in a series of papers exploring the implications of a 55% by 2035 interim emission reduction target proposed by the AEC. This paper looks at the opportunities for emissions reduction in transport. As with many other emitting activities there are multiple ways to reduce emissions from transport. However, with the ultimate goal of net zero in mind, options that decarbonise the fuel source are preferable in the long-term over options that can only make marginal reductions.

BY Australian Energy Council Apr 07 2022
Revenue Adequacy for Generators in the WEM

Revenue Adequacy for Generators in the WEM Revenue Adequacy for Generators in the WEM

Marsden Jacob Associates (Marsden Jacob) undertook an assessment for the Australian Energy Council on the current and proposed revenue streams for generators in the Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM) and whether they provide revenue adequacy to support the industry as it transitions. Recommendations on measures to send the right investment signals are provided

BY Australian Energy Council Mar 23 2022
National Pollutant Inventory methodology review for coal-fired power station stack emissions

National Pollutant Inventory methodology review for coal-fired power station stack emissions National Pollutant Inventory methodology review for coal-fired power station stack emissions

Environment Resources Management review into 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.

Feb 23 2022
Solar Report: January 2022

Solar Report: January 2022 Solar Report: January 2022

2021 was another record-breaking year for solar in Australia. Our latest Solar Report updates on rooftop systems across the nation, the uptake of battery-with-solar installations, and looks at the minimum demand records set across the NEM.

Feb 10 2022
Better Bills Guideline: Retailer cost analysis

Better Bills Guideline: Retailer cost analysis Better Bills Guideline: Retailer cost analysis

A Seed Advisory report that analyses and assesses the high-level costs of implementing the AER’s draft Guideline.

Feb 09 2022
Final Report: A double-sided causer pays implementation of frequency deviation pricing

Final Report: A double-sided causer pays implementation of frequency deviation pricing Final Report: A double-sided causer pays implementation of frequency deviation pricing

The Australian Energy Council with ARENA support has sponsored this Project to examine a specific option for pricing and promoting a market for Primary Frequency Response in the National Electricity Market. The Final Report attempts to specify and justify particular design and parameter choices.

Feb 04 2022
Project Analysis: A double-sided causer pays implementation of frequency deviation pricing

Project Analysis: A double-sided causer pays implementation of frequency deviation pricing Project Analysis: A double-sided causer pays implementation of frequency deviation pricing

The Australian Energy Council with ARENA support has sponsored this project to examine a specific option for pricing and promoting a market for Primary Frequency Response in the National Electricity Market. This report aims to examine quantitatively some key issues identified in the Inception Report. It also presents and gives examples of a calculation methodology for a version of DSCP.

Feb 04 2022
Project Overview: A double-sided causer pays implementation of frequency deviation pricing

Project Overview: A double-sided causer pays implementation of frequency deviation pricing Project Overview: A double-sided causer pays implementation of frequency deviation pricing

An ARENA supported project sponsored by the AEC, to research and model the Double-Sided Causer Pays approach to controlling Primary Frequency Response, and also to other related slow-moving services such as those for regulation. This project will support the evaluation of DSCP by policymakers relative to other primary frequency control options.

Feb 04 2022
Solar Report: Third quarter 2021

Solar Report: Third quarter 2021 Solar Report: Third quarter 2021

Latest data shows Australia’s solar installations continue to grow. Our latest Solar Report updates on rooftop systems across the nation and looks at the impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns on the renewables sector during the third quarter of 2021.

Nov 11 2021
Inertia Ancillary Service Market Options

Inertia Ancillary Service Market Options Inertia Ancillary Service Market Options

The Frequency Control Subgroup within the Australian Energy Council engaged MarketWise Solutions to explore some options for an inertia ancillary service market to be developed as part of the National Electricity Market.

Aug 31 2021
Solar Report: Second quarter 2021

Solar Report: Second quarter 2021 Solar Report: Second quarter 2021

Latest data from the Clean Energy Regulator shows Australia’s solar installations continue to climb. Our latest Solar Report updates on rooftop systems across the nation, the uptake of batteries with solar, and identifies the nation's top postcodes that are leading residential solar uptake.

Aug 05 2021
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