Electricity

Greens Only Want To Make Power Less Affordable
16 August 2019

Greens Only Want To Make Power Less Affordable

A Greens-backed bill prohibiting government funding of coal-fired power in Australia would further worsen Australia’s electricity crisis. Government intervention in the energy market has seen electricity prices increase by 220 percent over the last 20 years, far outpacing inflation and wage growth. Policies that favour renewable energy at the expense of coal and gas have proceeded every major jump in
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Delayed Adani Approval Highlights Australia’s Red Tape Crisis
13 June 2019

Delayed Adani Approval Highlights Australia’s Red Tape Crisis

“The delays to the Adani coal project caused by red tape, regulation, and government-enabled green activism must never be allowed to happen again to a resources project in Australia,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Queensland government cleared Adani’s final significant environment requirement via approval of a
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ScoMo, Scrap Snowy 2.0
6 September 2018

ScoMo, Scrap Snowy 2.0

Only politicians could think it’s a good idea to spend billions of dollars pumping water uphill to generate electricity in a land with enough coal to last 1,000 years. Yet that is exactly what the federal government is doing. Flying in by helicopter, donning a leather jacket with snow-capped mountains in the background, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed his
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Australia Must Withdraw From Paris
30 August 2018

Australia Must Withdraw From Paris

“The Morrison Government must put Australians ahead of European bureaucrats and withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement”, said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. In a speech today (30 August 2018) at a small-business summit in Sydney, the Minister for Energy, Angus Taylor, outlined the government’s plans for the energy sector.
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Power Policy Prioritises Expensive Green Goals
26 June 2018

Power Policy Prioritises Expensive Green Goals

The key lesson of recent wrangling over energy policy is this: if it sounds like a tax and looks like a tax, then it probably is a tax. The National Energy Guarantee (NEG) is the government’s energy policy centrepiece. It promises to manage the so-called policy “trilemma” of affordability, reliability and emissions reductions in the energy sector. It will do
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Removal of NT Fracking Ban Good For Australia
17 April 2018

Removal of NT Fracking Ban Good For Australia

“The decision by the Northern Territory government to lift the ban on the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of onshore gas will create jobs, drive down energy prices, and boost economic growth,” said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Northern Territory government announced it will lift the moratorium on the hydraulic
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$150 Million For 6 Minutes Of Work – Why Not?
7 July 2017

$150 Million For 6 Minutes Of Work – Why Not?

Less than a day after the news that shares in Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors are down 20% on their peak as questions start to mount about the company’s ability to successfully deliver quality products (including here, here, here, here and here ) comes the news that Tesla, already the beneficiary of $5 billion of taxpayer subsidies has now won the
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What Will They Finkel Next?
20 June 2017

What Will They Finkel Next?

The greatest contribution the Finkel Review makes to Australian public policy may, in fact, be a new verb. From June 2017, to ‘finkel’ will be a term to describe how a government sets up an independent review that quickly gets hijacked by vested interests, rewrites its own terms of reference and delivers a report with skewed modelling and a patchwork of contradictory recommendations
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More Renewables Will Not Solve The Renewables Problem – Finkel Review
9 June 2017

More Renewables Will Not Solve The Renewables Problem – Finkel Review

The recommendations of today’s Finkel Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market, if accepted by government, will ensure that electricity prices continue to rise with little improvement in supply security, according to free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “This Review is particularly disappointing given that it was only set up in the first place, following
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Budget 2017: Energy Policy’s Gushing Wounds Won’t Be Fixed With A Mop And Bucket
12 May 2017

Budget 2017: Energy Policy’s Gushing Wounds Won’t Be Fixed With A Mop And Bucket

If you had a wound that was gushing blood onto the floor and your doctor prescribed a mop and bucket, you’d ask where he got his practicing certificate and why he wasn’t fixing the actual problem. Yet this approach is exactly how most western governments are tackling the question of skyrocketing electricity bills. In Australia, household electricity costs have increased
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