Keith Orchison

SA should give Victoria fuel for thought on fracking

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When it comes to exploring fracking initiatives, the South Australian government is cooking with gas while Victoria struggles.

Exploring the oil and gas challenge

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The long-term future of the oil and gas industry depends on exploration, but it is a complex business.

Energy costs take the cream off dairy returns

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In all the discourse over energy costs, the plight of the dairy sector has largely been overlooked.

Abbott's energy vision is full of blind spots

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A long line of critics have found faults in the Abbott Government's energy white paper.

A week of mixed blessings for the power sector

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The Qld government has foolishly deferred electricity retail deregulation, while the AER's network determinations are a win or loss depending on where one is standing.

How Baird dug himself into a hole on gas policy

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The Supreme Court's decision on Metgasco is deeply embarrassing for the Baird Government.

Sparks fly from the Senate electricity report

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The Senate inquiry's draft report into the regulation of Australia's electricity network is generating a lot of heated debate.

Coal's coffin is still deep in storage

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AGL's commitment to not extend the life of any of its existing coal-fired plants means very little in the global coal-consumption context.

No false alarm on gas crisis

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The greenies were quick to leap on AEMO's forecast of no gas shortages to back their anti-CSG campaign. But a failure to open up CSG development will hurt manufacturing badly.

Manufacturing's emerging gas train wreck

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The reaction from politicians and the media to the new AEMO forecast on gas demand and supply leaves a lot to be desired.

The missing sparks in the energy white paper

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There are some sensible suggestions in the government's energy white paper, but many critics agree there are also plenty of black holes.

A power shift in NSW and ACT

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A final decision from the Australian Energy Regulator on network costs will have big implications for electricity distributors and millions of consumers in NSW and the ACT.

Exposing NSW Labor's power plays

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As the dust settles on the NSW election, it's clear Labor's scaremongering over power privatisation was all about short-term political gain, rather than good policy.

NSW pollies' power follies will come back to bite

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The energy debate is heating up as the NSW state election looms, but the rhetoric from both sides is disconnected from reality.

How Baird could torpedo NSW Labor's campaign

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NSW Labor leader Luke Foley is piggybacking on a trade union 'stop the sell off' campaign in the network privatisation row, but he's omitted some crucial facts.

Agrarian socialists hold the NSW power keys

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Rural NSW voters opposed to electricity privatisation could make things tricky for Premier Mike Baird at the polls.

Who's telling porkies about NSW's poles and wires?

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In the run up to the NSW election, some estimates of the loss of income from the partial privatisation of the state's energy network seem quite misleading.

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.

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