Keith Orchison

A rural headache for the Coalition’s energy strategy

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The Coalition shouldn't ignore the demands of Australian farmers, but accommodating their concerns about an expanding onshore energy industry with the party's energy objectives won't be easy.

Energy policy plays second fiddle to Coalition politics

Energy sector delegates may have been placated by Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane's platitudes about coal seam gas, but his political showmanship did little to advance the energy debate.

Will Abbott flick the nuclear switch?

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A change in public attitudes towards nuclear power should encourage the government to explore the benefits of including it in the local generation mix.

The ugly truth about energy policy

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After years of indulgent decision-making, Australia is in danger of losing its long-term relative energy price advantage. Politicians need to get back to basics on energy policy, before it's too late.

Don't hold your breath for a coherent energy policy

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Australian consumers are paying the price for the unwieldy energy policy processes of federal and state governments. With disarray on both sides of politics, when will the madness end?

Power bill reform needs a switch in time

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Reforming the tariff system will ensure electricity services remain affordable and efficient. But with elections looming, many state governments will be hesitant to take action.

NSW prepares for a gas market collision

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As New South Wales faces a gas supply squeeze, export demand is ramping up. With consumers already feeling the pain, the need to exploit this resource for local benefit is greater than ever.

Time to break the cycle on poor energy policy

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The Energy Policy Institute says the politicisation of environmental issues in Australia has come at the expense of an adequate energy policy. A taskforce – not another government inquiry – is the only solution.

O'Farrell must take Obama's lead on gas

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As the US president gives credit where it’s due to the gas industry’s economic role, the O’Farrell government’s hard line looks like trebling wholesale prices.

On strike while the wire's hot

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There's marked complacency about this decade’s forecasts for the eastern electricity supply, which remains vulnerable to breakdown in extreme conditions.

Sweat beads on the power lines

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Australia’s heatwave showed an energy mix undergoing a transition that needs far more attention.

Gas reservation is a pipe dream

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A federal study into eastern Australia's gas market flags a risk that domestic gas prices may overshoot export parity levels. It delivers a clear message to the manufacturing sector: forget about a national gas reservation policy.

Unplugging the power discord

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This year has been marked by a dispiriting debate about electricity supply and provision in Australia, with power price issues unresolved, gas prices rising and retailers bracing for deregulation.

Searching for a bright spark in the power debate

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Dubious power bill comparisons, empty rhetoric and a sensationalist media are adding to confusion over household energy costs. An enlightened solution to the regulatory mess is in short supply.

Still no solution for power bill shock

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It's been two years since Julia Gillard promised to tackle rising energy costs for households. Yet cost-saving initiatives like smart meters and time-of-use tariffs are a long way off the political agenda.

Abbott's a few sparks short of a global power agenda

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Tony Abbott has 10 months to create a domestic energy agenda that will work on a global stage. The RET, domestic gas price and energy white paper could help or hinder.

Passing the electricity price baton

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Tony Abbott's playing the power card, but the causes of high electricity prices remain. Fixes are still at the edges and require years for implementation.

Weatherill's coal seam cash injection

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While Victoria and New South Wales twiddle their thumbs on coal seam gas, South Australia is jumping at the chance for more jobs and a big cash boost for the state.

Paul Howes' bipartisan gas burn

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Both sides of politics are paining manufacturing with messy legislation on coal seam gas, the AWU chief says.

O’Farrell's double-barrel gas plan will backfire

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The NSW premier's decision to play politics with both sides of the gas debate won't get him very far - especially now federal industry minister Ian Macfarlane is stepping in.

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