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

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 Australia: Port of Newcastle’s roadblock on the path away from thermal coal

IEEFA Australia: Port of Newcastle’s roadblock on the path away from thermal coal

Planned fossil fuel exit by the world’s largest coal port is paralysed by lending constraints and a secret NSW government deal

The Port of Newcastle’s planned exit from fossil fuels suffered further setback last month after ANZ withdrew financing from the terminal, presently the world’s largest port for exporting thermal coal. ANZ had previously been a major lender to the port, however divested its position during the latest round of refinancing of approximately A$900 million in […]

March 18, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: Coal plant closures imminent as renewable energy surges

IEEFA Australia: Coal plant closures imminent as renewable energy surges

Several coal power plants in the National Electricity Market likely to be financially unviable by 2025

24 February 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Several of the 16 coal power plants in the National Electricity Market (NEM) will be financially unviable and at least one is likely to face closure several years sooner than planned due to coal plants’ poor flexibility and inability to adapt to a rapid influx of renewable energy, finds a new […]

IEEFA: Australia should be a net-zero emissions leader

IEEFA: Australia should be a net-zero emissions leader

Setting a target of net-zero emissions by 2050 would maximise employment, investment and export opportunities

11 December 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Australia must align itself with the global push to go carbon-neutral to maintain strong trade in a net zero emissions world, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) notes in its submission in support of a new climate change bill before the Australian parliament. The bill, introduced by Zali Steggall, […]

IEEFA Australia: Snowy Hydro gas plant expansions likely to be fuelled with taxpayer funds

IEEFA Australia: Snowy Hydro gas plant expansions likely to be fuelled with taxpayer funds

Gas is a poor bet, and coupled with the financially challenged Snowy Hydro 2.0, is a sure stranded asset maker

19 November 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Careful scrutiny of Snowy Hydro’s latest financial results show the company is heading towards an uneasy reliance on government and taxpayer subsidies post 2021, throwing into serious doubt the government’s heady push for further gas expansion in a declining market, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy […]

IEEFA: What Australia can learn from Texas’ embrace of clean energy

IEEFA: What Australia can learn from Texas’ embrace of clean energy

In the home of U.S. oil and gas, private investors are pouring money into renewables

19 October 2020 (IEEFA Australia): The Australian government’s plan for a gas-fired economic recovery from COVID-19 ignores the market’s clear preference for renewables over fossil fuels. That’s the conclusion of a new note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) that argues Australia could learn from the experience of U.S. oil and […]

IEEFA Australia: Gas and electricity prices will rise if Narrabri gas fields approved

IEEFA Australia: Gas and electricity prices will rise if Narrabri gas fields approved

29 September 2020 (IEEFA): Australian gas consumers will likely see higher, rather than lower gas prices if Santos’ Narrabri gas fields are approved due to the distance the gas must travel to reach consumers on infrastructure that will need to be built. Gas/LNG financial analyst Bruce Robertson concludes the proposed Narrabri gas fields are uneconomic […]

IEEFA Australia: COVID-19 Advisory Board wants government to subsidise failing gas industry

IEEFA Australia: COVID-19 Advisory Board wants government to subsidise failing gas industry

Gas usage for gas powered generation has declined by 58% since 2014

28 August 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Proposals for providing long term subsidies to the flailing gas industry have the potential to cause significant long-term economic damage to Australia, finds a new report by energy thinktank, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The National COVID-19 Commission (Advisory Board) (NCC) led by Western Australian gas […]

IEEFA Australia: The state of NSW should not sponsor a loss-making, wealth destroying industry

IEEFA Australia: The state of NSW should not sponsor a loss-making, wealth destroying industry

The Narrabri gas project must be rejected

26 August 2020 (IEEFA Australia): The NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC) will have no other avenue but to reject the proposed coal seam gas project in Narrabri, New South Wales after assessing the clear and unequivocal evidence surrounding the many economic and environmental, social and governance issues related to the proposal, notes the Institute for […]

IEEFA Report: BHP coal assets worth a billion less than just two years ago

Jumping Ship?

8 August 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Another global investor, the UK’s biggest public pension fund NEST, has withdrawn funds from BHP this week because the company is profiting “from digging coal”. This follows BHP being put on a watch list by the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund as a firm not adopting business strategies aligned with the […]

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IEEFA Australia: Solar export tax is two steps forward, one leap backwards for electricity consumers

IEEFA Australia: Solar export tax is two steps forward, one leap backwards for electricity consumers

An unhelpful “solution” to a problem that’s already been solved

A milestone decision announced yesterday requires electricity distribution networks (local poles and wires companies) to support energy exports from household rooftop solar systems, batteries, electric vehicles (EVs) and other consumer energy devices. IEEFA notes the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) new rules are two steps forward, one leap backwards for electricity consumers. AEMC has made […]

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

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 […]

Australia’s largest electricity user to shift to mainly renewables by 2029

Australian Financial Review ($): The country’s biggest electricity user is aiming to switch to a predominantly renewable power supply in 2029 in a groundbreaking move that would dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of one of NSW’s largest carbon emitters. Tomago Aluminium near Newcastle is in talks with a range of suppliers for wind, solar and […]

August 11, 2021 Read More →

AGL selects Wartsila to build first big battery of series at Torrens Island

Renew Economy: Australian energy giant AGL has chosen Finland-based technology group Wärtsilä to build a 250MW big battery at Torrens Island near Adelaide, the first of what is expected to be a massive rollout of large scale battery storage by the company across the country. The 250MW big battery, sized initially at one hour storage […]

August 9, 2021 Read More →

AEMO focuses on battery inverter equivalent of ‘analogue to digital’

Renew Economy: In the electricity world, it’s about as significant as the transition from analogue to digital, and Australia’s market operator has now openly admitted that the key to the country’s “once in a lifetime” energy transition will be found in advanced grid-scale inverters. The Australian Energy Market Operator on Thursday published a “white paper” […]

August 5, 2021 Read More →

Shortage of battery cells, semiconductors threaten storage progress

Renew Economy: Australia’s biggest battery – the 300MW/450MWh Victoria Big Battery near Geelong – has been registered and is about to begin production, but a supply shortfall is looming for future battery storage projects in Australia and around the world. The Victoria big battery will be about double the size of its stablemate, the original […]

July 27, 2021 Read More →

Gales in Australia almost prompt new record for wind energy output

Renew Economy: Australia’s main grid came close to a new record for wind energy output over the weekend, as two new wind projects began production for the first time, although the contribution of the newly connected projects remained minimal. According to grid wind watchers, including Global Roam’s Paul McArdle, it was “blowing a gale” over […]

July 20, 2021 Read More →

Spark plans 2.5GW wind, solar and battery hub in New South Wales

Renew Economy: Spark Renewables, part of the listed network investment company Spark Infrastructure, is proposing a massive 2.5GW wind, solar and battery storage hub in south west NSW, in the heart of a planned renewable energy zone. The Dinawan Energy Hub and the direct investment in wind, solar and battery storage is part of a […]

July 15, 2021 Read More →

Australia to appeal coal mine ruling holding it responsible for climate

The Guardian: The environment minister, Sussan Ley, will appeal yesterday’s federal court declaration she has a duty of care to protect Australian children from climate harm that would be caused by the expansion of a coalmining project. Some of the eight schoolchildren that brought the case to the federal court have reacted with dismay to […]

July 12, 2021 Read More →

AGL plans shutdown of 200MW gas unit, replacement with big battery

Renew Economy: AGL Energy is to mothball one of the four units at the Torrens B gas generator in South Australia, as traditional fossil fuel generators struggle in the face of the rapid transition to wind and solar and the switch from baseload generation to flexible capacity. AGL said falling spot and forward wholesale electricity […]

July 7, 2021 Read More →