Electricity

Like It Or Not, Coal Is Still King
23 March 2017

Like It Or Not, Coal Is Still King

On Wednesday, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and CoalSwarm released the 2017 edition of Boom and Bust: Tracking the Global Coal Plant Pipeline, a publication that helpfully tallies up all of the coal-fired power stations in development over the globe. Predictably, the report got a strong run in the Guardian under the headline “Coal in Freefall as New Power Plants Dive
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South Australian Energy Statement An Admission Of Failure
14 March 2017

South Australian Energy Statement An Admission Of Failure

Today’s energy package announcement by the South Australian Government is an admission of policy failure according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “This package is a damning indictment on 21st century South Australia,” said Brett Hogan, Director of Research. “The only reason the South Australian Government is being forced to build its own gas-fired power plant
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IPA: South Australia Has No One Left To Blame
9 February 2017

IPA: South Australia Has No One Left To Blame

Last night’s partial blackout in South Australia is only a small taste of things to come, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “About the only person the South Australian Government hasn’t blamed for the outcome of its ideologically-inspired electricity policies is Donald Trump,” says Brett Hogan, IPA Director of Research. “The suggestion by Premier Weatherill
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IPA: Victorian Gas Ban Just Plain Wrong
8 February 2017

IPA: Victorian Gas Ban Just Plain Wrong

The announcement by the Victorian Opposition to support the Victorian Government’s permanent legislative ban on the exploration and development of unconventional gas and the extension of the moratorium on conventional gas continues this act of economic self-harm, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “This is another example of political parties across Australia engaging in economic
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Australians Don’t Want Higher Power Bills From Forced Coal Closures
16 December 2016

Australians Don’t Want Higher Power Bills From Forced Coal Closures

Nearly 50% of Australians would disapprove of the closure of coal-fired power plants if electricity prices were to increase by between 4 and 10 per cent the following year, according to a new survey conducted by Galaxy Research for free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “This survey is a wake-up call to policy makers who think they
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Senate Coal Committee Report A Sellout
29 November 2016

Senate Coal Committee Report A Sellout

The interim report of the Senate Environment and Communications Committee Inquiry into the retirement of coal-fired power stations is a short-sighted, ideologically motivated document, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs “This report is a sell-out of Australian households and businesses, as well as the tens of thousands of people that are employed in coal mines
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Social Responsibility Cuts Many Ways
18 November 2016

Social Responsibility Cuts Many Ways

The Australian Financial Review is reporting that at a Greens-organised Senate hearing today into the potential closure of Australian coal-fired power stations, Energy Australia executive Mark Collette, whose company runs one of Victoria’s four brown coal generators, said that the company had “a social responsibility to keep the plant running”. He also said that “Yallourn (the name of the power
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Coal-Fired Power Stations Have A Future
16 November 2016

Coal-Fired Power Stations Have A Future

Coal-fired power stations have an important future in Australia, provided that politicians create the right regulatory environment, according to a submission to a Senate Inquiry released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “Anti-coal campaigners typically over-exaggerate the decline of coal as an important source of world electricity and completely ignore its essential role in the
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I’m A Victorian. Can You Please Sell Me Some Electricity?
7 November 2016

I’m A Victorian. Can You Please Sell Me Some Electricity?

Yesterday’s revelation that the closure of the Hazelwood power station in March 2017 means Victoria will need to import electricity from New South Wales and/or Tasmania during summer peaks shows the extent to which governments are mismanaging our energy future. The Australian Energy Market Operator report issued after the Hazelwood announcement also noted that in 2015-16: Victoria accounted for 27%
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3 November 2016

Hazelwood Closure A Disaster For Victoria And Australia

The confirmation today that French energy company Engie will close Victoria’s Hazelwood power station in March 2017 and also try to sell Loy Yang B, will have serious consequences for electricity prices and security, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “The fact that Engie would rather close its doors than continue to operate in Victoria
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