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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: 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: Australia’s gas industry was already failing before COVID-19

A gas-led recovery is a short-term recovery and only for the gas industry

4 June 2020 (IEEFA Australia) ‒ Instituting a structurally broken U.S. business model as Australia enters the first recession in 30 years will cause the country even more pain as lockdown eases, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), Gas Cannot Stimulate the Economy, Reduce Emissions, or Provide […]

IEEFA update: Australia’s first offshore wind project a step in the right direction, despite the cost

Allows early decommissioning of some of the old, polluting, unreliable units of the two Victorian brown-coal fired stations

5 November 2019 (IEEFA Australia): Australia’s first offshore wind project in Victoria is a step in the right direction despite the over investment, according to a new IEEFA note out today. The ‘Star of the South’ off the coast of Gippsland in Victoria is a massive 2.2 gigawatts of wind capacity proposal and will be […]

IEEFA report: Gas reservation policy would reduce electricity prices in Australia

IEEFA report: Gas reservation policy would reduce electricity prices in Australia

Households to save $270 per year if the government finally intervenes and breaks up the cartel

July 9, 2019 (IEEFA Australia)  ̶  Domestic gas prices in Australia have become unaffordable for households, industry, and electricity production, while internationally, Australian gas prices are higher than the most expensive markets in the world, concludes a new report out today. Calling on the Australian government to implement a gas reservation policy, the new report, […]

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Renewables push Victoria power prices to 1 penny per megawatt-hour

Renew Economy: One cent a megawatt hour. That was the average price of wholesale power for most of the daytime hours in the state of Victoria in August and September. Record amounts of renewable energy generation on Australia’s main grid, and an abundance of rooftop solar, sent the average spot electricity price in Victoria down […]

October 21, 2021 Read More →

Solar meets majority of Australia grid demand for first time

Renew Economy: The combined output of rooftop and large scale solar met more than half of Australia’s grid demand for the first time on Sunday, as records for renewable output and share of demand continued to tumble across the country and coal output hit a record low. As the National Party met on Sunday to […]

October 18, 2021 Read More →

Transgrid estimates Australia renewables could hit 91% by 2030

Renew Economy: One of Australia’s largest transmission network operators, presiding over the nation’s most coal dependent state, says the national grid could – and should – be 100% renewable powered by 2035, with all coal generation phased out completely by 2032. Transgrid, which manages and operates the high voltage electricity transmission network in New South […]

October 13, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: Afraid of the dark and clutching at coal, ESB still beating the capacity mechanism drum
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IEEFA Australia: Afraid of the dark and clutching at coal, ESB still beating the capacity mechanism drum

Energy Security Board claims Dunkelflaute is a key reason for a capacity mechanism – where is the evidence?

The Energy Security Board (ESB) has cited periods of scarce wind and solar resources as a key reason to implement the contested capacity mechanism, which will see payments from energy consumers to primarily conventional power generators for their capacity to generate electricity, rather than for actually generating electricity. The ESB has claimed the market is […]

Alinta plans 1-gigawatt offshore wind farm linked to Australia main grid

Renew Economy: Alinta is planning to build a huge 1 gigawatt offshore wind farm to tap into Australia’s main grid – the first major utility in the country to make such a commitment – as part of a massive spending spree on renewables and storage. CEO Jeff Dimery says Alinta is also poised to announce […]

October 8, 2021 Read More →

Australia renewables deliver record 35.4% share of generation to grid

Renew Economy: Renewables delivered a record 35.4 per cent share of generation on Australia’s main grid in the month of September, one of many new benchmarks set in this transformative spring, and underlining the accelerating pace of the energy transition. The fact that a record share is set in September is not surprising, given that […]

October 6, 2021 Read More →

New South Wales dramatically increases emissions reduction targets

Renew Economy: The NSW Coalition government has dramatically increased its emissions reduction targets for 2030, setting a new goal of a 50 cut from 2005 levels as part of plans to be a “renewable energy superpower” and attract more than $37 billion in clean energy investment by the end of the decade. The new 50 […]

September 29, 2021 Read More →

Share of renewables on Australia main grid hits new record of 61.7%

Renew Economy: Just before state and federal energy ministers met on Friday to discuss the future design of Australia’s electricity market, records continued to tumble with renewables setting new benchmarks for total output and the biggest percentage to date. At 1.15pm on Friday, according to OpenNEM, the share of renewables on Australia’s main grid, the […]

September 24, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: ‘Race to replace’ – We need to tie new energy capacity with the exit of old generators
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IEEFA Australia: ‘Race to replace’ – We need to tie new energy capacity with the exit of old generators

There are many options to manage the energy transition that don’t involve capacity payments

Uncertainty in the national electricity market is driving investment risk, due to high levels of uncertainty around coal exits, short term market contracting, early mover disadvantage in power technologies subject to deflation, and unpredictable government intervention, among other things. The Energy Security Board’s capacity mechanism has been proposed as a solution to these challenges. It […]

EnergyAustralia plans 2040 closure of Mount Piper, three years early

Renew Economy: EnergyAustralia says it has brought forward the closure of the Mount Piper coal-fired power station in NSW by three years, as part of a plan to accelerate its exit from coal. EnergyAustralia had originally indicated that the 1,400MW Mount Piper coal power station – near Lithgow – could operate until at least 2043. […]

September 23, 2021 Read More →