Energy

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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When Green Fantasies Come True
3 November 2016

When Green Fantasies Come True

The fact that French electricity multinational Engie would rather close its doors than continue to operate in Victoria tells you all you need to know about the impact of Green renewable energy policies. Engie today confirmed that it would close Victoria’s Hazelwood power station in March 2017 and in a surprise move said it would also try to sell its
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Ensuring A Future For Australian Coal Fired Power Stations
1 November 2016

Ensuring A Future For Australian Coal Fired Power Stations

Electricity systems exist to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to consumers and to businesses. The role of government should only be to support competition and private sector innovation in energy markets. When the production of economically viable electricity can also support the employment of thousands of people, particularly in regional Australia, this is a genuine win-win. The international market
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1 November 2016

Submission To The Senate Environment And Communications Committee – Ensuring A Future For Australian Coal Fired Power Stations

Electricity systems exist to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to consumers and to businesses. The role of government should only be to support competition and private sector innovation in energy markets. When the production of economically viable electricity can also support the employment of thousands of people, particularly in regional Australia, this is a genuine win-win. The international market
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IPA Report On The $1.2bn Economic Cost Of Green Lawfare
27 October 2016

IPA Report On The $1.2bn Economic Cost Of Green Lawfare

The IPA’s recent report on how section 487 of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act1999 enables environmental activists to hurt development and job creation, was featured on the front page of The Australian today:  Environmental groups’ legal challenges to development projects ranging from dams and roads to coalmines are estimated to have cost the economy up to $1.2 billion — an amount
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How Activists Use Red Tape To Stop Development And Jobs
1 October 2016

How Activists Use Red Tape To Stop Development And Jobs

Section 487 (s. 487) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act extends special legal privileges to green groups to challenge federal environmental project approvals, even when their private rights are not directly affected by that project. Since the introduction of the EPBC Act in 2000, major projects have spent approximately 7,500 cumulative days, or 20 years, in court
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14 September 2016

WA Labor’s Uranium Ban Sells The State Short

According to WA Labor’s Plan for Jobs, ‘a McGowan Labor Government will free business from the burden of poor regulations’. Yet if elected WA Labor will also ban new uranium mines and refuse to complete approvals processes for mines that are already underway. So much for freeing business from red tape. The prospect of a Labor victory next March is
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