Keith Orchison

The deafening silence on energy efficiency

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Being more energy efficient is a key driver of business and community wellbeing, yet Australia is slipping further down the world ladder.

The power inquiry’s Green tinge is colouring debate

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The electricity sector Senate inquiry is pushing hard for changes, but some proposed amendments are just a political power play.

Power players must clear the air on bills

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Energy networks, regulators and politicians need to get better at explaining changes in energy use arrangements to the public.

A nuclear opportunity

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South Australia's royal commission into nuclear industry development options has significance for the federal political arena.

Don't believe the big power privatisation myth

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It's a commonly held assumption that if you sell the poles and wires, power prices will skyrocket. The evidence suggests otherwise.

Energy investors are spooked by political uncertainty

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Investing in energy has always been a tricky business, but the added uncertainty created by political upheaval further damages investor confidence.

A lawyers' picnic looms over power networks

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The Australian Energy Regulator's proposed slashing of power distributors' budgets has left it between a rock and a hard place.

Keeping our cool, at a cost

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Billions of dollars have been already been sunk in to electricity network infrastructure in Australia to cope with peak demand -- and the costs will continue to be passed on.

The sparks of sensibility in the power debate

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A Senate submission by the Energy Efficiency Council could provide a sensible middle road amid the sensationalism surrounding network costs.

A shock to the system for energy retailers

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The electricity retail market is undergoing a seachange, which will challenge the big three gentailers and smaller players alike.

Labor is missing the big energy picture

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Labor is keen to blame an 88 per cent fall in renewables investment on the ideology of the Abbott government, but there are deeper issues at play.

Four factors that will fuel the gas sector

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The upstream petroleum industry is ducking for cover amid plunging oil prices, but evidence suggests the gas sector will power along regardless of the downward trend.

How to solve Australia's energy policy dilemma

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In 2015, parliament's biggest challenge will be to confront the supply issues facing the east coast electricity market. But it won't be easy.

The truth about energy poverty in Australia

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Sensational headlines and misinformation about energy poverty in Australia is distracting policymakers from helping out the genuinely needy.

Energy politics will continue to spark in 2015

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Privatisation and major decisions about long-term policy settings are on the agenda as various players stake their claims in Australia’s shifting energy market.

Solar spin clouds the true energy picture

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The rapid uptake of solar energy by Australian households needs to be viewed as part of a bigger story.

The nuclear power debate is poised for a revival

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Nuclear power could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve power system resilience and enhance our supply security -- and it has a new champion in Julie Bishop.

Is the AER about to give Baird an early Christmas present?

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The energy regulator is set to announce a decision that will impact on moves to further privatise Australia’s electricity distribution network.

Politicians are forgetting a key cog in energy policy

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Energy efficiency standards might not make for exciting headlines, but a recent IEA report highlights how vital they are in promoting emissions abatement.

Why low cost power still eludes consumers

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Consumers and businesses have been subject to ballooning electricity bills, and the situation's unlikely to get better. The BCA's report tells us why.

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