Guest Contributor: Owen Evans

IEEFA Australia: Government cannot lower electricity bills by subsidising old and high cost power plants

Refocusing attention on transmission and distribution of electricity will bring better results

27 August 2021 (IEEFA Australia): The Federal government can better achieve its ambition to lower electricity prices if it focuses on the transmission and distribution side of the energy market rather than the generation side, as its latest plan for keeping old coal plants open will in fact increase consumers’ electricity bills, not lower them, […]

IEEFA Australia: Kurri Kurri gas-fired plant is AU$1 billion dollar white elephant

The Government can easily do better

In retrospect, the government-owned 667 megawatt (MW) Colongra gas-fired power plant on the Central Coast of New South Wales was an engineering marvel and a financial disaster. The AU$500 million capital cost included $104m for a spur line to the Sydney–Newcastle gas pipeline. The cost of the facility itself was $0.60m/MW. While capital costs a […]

IEEFA Australia: NSW government sensibly resists temptation to tax electric vehicles

The government doesn’t need an EV tax to fund roads

The New South Wales Government has released its five yearly Intergenerational Report. As part of the process, NSW Treasury produces deeply researched technical papers into a number of relatively narrow topics. This week it published a piece on the sensitivity to global coal demand and the broader energy transition. In two pages (pp 24-25) this […]

IEEFA: A loss of excise tax revenue should not stall the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia

More pragmatic focus would be incentivising industry and modernizing the grid

8 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): A new tax on EV users is unnecessary as the Australian (Commonwealth) government is well placed to deal with the potential revenue impact of the inevitable move to electric vehicles, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Global automotive manufacturers have committed almost […]

IEEFA: QCA increase of Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal’s remediation provisions to $850m concerning

Regulator should step back before taxpayer foots the bill

9 May 2021 (IEEFA Australia): The Queensland Competition Authority’s (QCA) massive ‘overnight’ increase in Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal’s remediation provision costs from $433 to $850 million highlights a very serious regulatory issue, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author of the note IEEFA guest contributor Owen […]