Keith Orchison

Grappling with the big picture on energy

The RET is far from the only factor in determining Australia's future energy supply.

Waiting for sense to return to the RET debate

While political emotion and ideology is clouding the RET game, the renewables business needs to get on with setting a workable target to carry them through the next 15 years.

The tricky business of electricity tariffs

Proposed changes to the network tariff system could see lower charges for consumers. Now we just need politicians to act in the long-term interests of the electorate.

Jolting some common sense into the RET debate

The debate surrounding the RET has been hijacked by ideologues on both sides, which is of little help to consumers, who will end up bearing the consequences of a much less reliable national electricity market.

The ACCC's purist energy views rile the gentailers

Big electricity gentailers like Energy Australia argue that the ACCC's view on competition ignores the changing dynamics of power generation and could threaten the supply sector's reliability.

The coming collapse in manufacturing gas demand

The clock is ticking for the government to find a solution to rising gas prices as demand in Australia's shrinking manufacturing sector continues to slide.

Drilling down to the reasons behind geothermal's failure

Geothermal energy has long been touted as a source of reliable renewable energy, but its high costs make it unattractive to investors and governments alike.

There are no rewards in energy rent-seeking

In a recent speech, Martin Ferguson argued that political complacency over energy policy is putting Australia's prosperity at risk. Current ministers would do well to heed his warning.

Why investors aren't walking away from coal

Contrary to media commentary, coal's demise is far from imminent. A report from Standard & Poor's suggests demand for coal will continue to grow in absolute terms, albeit at a lower rate.

Adversarial politics could give consumers an electric shock

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The Harper review presents an opportunity to warn politicians of the ramifications of their game-playing on the electricity market, but getting them to reach consensus on energy policy reform may prove difficult.

The electricity regulator's delicate balancing act

The national electricity regulator faces community pressure over rising power prices, while networks are seeking approval for higher budgets. Ensuring reliable supply will be no easy feat.

When voters don't want fair power pricing

Resistance to the Grattan Institute's power pricing model is reverberating across the airwaves and newspapers… but overhauling Australia's unfair electricity tariff system is bound to be a political hot potato.

Political hot air clouds the bigger energy picture

Political posturing over energy and carbon abatement is distracting policymakers from achieving a balance between job creation, prices and investment. But vested interests are making it difficult.

Shock tactics won't help Sydney's energy challenge

The state of Sydney's pylons, cables, transformers and switching yards is a key issue for 2014, but media scare stories about the risk of city blackouts adds little value to the debate.

The government needs to look beyond its 2020 climate vision

The ongoing uncertainty surrounding the renewable energy target is stifling investment and undermining attempts to create long-term, credible policies.

An umpire calls for an RET overhaul

RET cost burdens will shift back to consumers if the market stays in its current 'messy' state, the east coast energy market regulator said as it recommended a floating target. But it also came up with another plan.

The ghosts in the electricity grid

Energy policy uncertainty is forcing some electricity suppliers to keep unproductive power plants in operation. The economically inefficient practice is affecting investors as well as consumers.

A new shock for power companies

Cost-of-living concerns are prompting Australians to cut back electricity consumption, with flow-on problems for power companies. But vendors are on the back foot in understanding customers' behaviour.

Consumer power could fix Australia’s energy debacle

As politicians and power companies fail to act on rising energy bills, a new PwC report suggests consumer-centrism and new market players could soon run the incumbents ragged.

Time to flick the switch on energy tariffs

Consumers are being ripped off by an outdated electricity tariff system that doesn’t fairly reflect the real cost of supply, and the problem is only going to get worse.