Keith Orchison

Counting the cost of Queensland’s solar folly

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A draft report from the Queensland Productivity Commission reveals the state’s intervention in the PV market cannot be justified for economic or environmental reasons.

A silent reception for a smart report

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An unassuming government-commissioned report is required reading for anyone looking to get to grips with gas price trends.

What energy consumers really want

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Consumers large and small want an energy system that is resilient and efficient, but policy baggage keeps getting in the way.

The truth about our electricity supply is too hot to handle

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Our electricity services have shown remarkable resilience during heatwaves. Stripping coal from the mix would be a shock to the system.

Queensland searches for a solar fix

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Policymakers are keeping a close eye on Queensland’s attempts to find an affordable solution to satisfying the public’s enthusiasm for solar.

Policymakers should capture the benefits of carbon storage

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A feasible carbon abatement strategy must include the wide deployment of carbon capture and storage technologies.

The great gas bungle

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Politicians in Victoria and NSW need to get their act together on gas development.

Canberra’s energy missive gets left in the dark

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Amid all the hype surrounding the Paris climate conference, the COAG Energy Council’s potentially significant declaration has gone unnoticed.

The Paris climate deal's smoke and mirrors

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The climate deal struck in Paris will be costly to implement and may not even achieve the desired policy goals. But there is an alternative solution.

The shocking truth about power bills

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A vast number of voters believe the cost of power bills is set to skyrocket, despite the fact that power bills have fallen or flatlined in most states.

Why coal's flame will still burn bright

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The rise in south-east Asian countries' energy generation has huge implications for renewable energy as well as the future of coal.

The tricky business of tariff reform

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A shakeup of network tariffs should be on the agenda at the the next meeting of the COAG Energy Council.

Separating facts from fiction in the power price debate

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Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg may find his biggest challenge will be ensuring the public understands the complexities surrounding energy policymaking.

Fossil fuels are far from dead and buried

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The International Energy Agency's modelling on electricity demand suggests a more complex picture of future power production and generation.

A reality check for the Paris climate summit

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The Paris conference needs to deliver more than soundbites and provide some much-needed clarity around abatement and decarbonisation commitments.

The AER's power play delivers a reprieve for consumers

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The AER's determinations on how much revenue power distributors in eastern states can earn over the rest of the decade is significantly less than what they wanted.

Our energy policymakers are asleep at the wheel

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The governance review panel's report to the COAG Energy Council has issued a considerable challenge to Australia's resources ministers.

The missing link in the energy debate

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The drama surrounding carbon abatement has overshadowed what should be a vitally important plank in Australia's energy policy plan.

Enough of the energy melodrama

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Debate surrounding energy pricing is saturated with misinformation and the media's use of lazy, attention-grabbing headlines helps no one.

A heavy load for the energy regulator

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Changes to technology and consumer expectations could mean that it is already time to look at rewiring Australia's electricity market.

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