Keith Orchison

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.

A challenge for the IPCC doom and gloom brigade

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Local media coverage of the latest UN climate change report has focused on theatrics, glossing over the monumental scope of what is being proposed and what it will take to get there.

Replacing Australia’s coal-fired energy

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To ensure energy security, Labor and the Coalition need to skip the politicking and work out what will supply tomorrow's power.

Clearing the air on the coal debate

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The growing consumption of coal in emerging economies highlights the need for a realistic and fully integrated climate policy.

Give power back to the people

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Politicians and power suppliers need to shake-up energy markets to let consumer choice once more drive the electricity business.

Energex 'fattening' is not what it seems

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A seventh of the Australian population might soon find out the hard way what 'gold plating' in energy networks really means.

Watch out for an energy policy battle

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A bevy of official reports on Australia's energy policy are set to spark heated debate in 2015, keeping energy enthusiasts busy throughout the year.

Government needs to get its energy act together

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There's a pressing need to create a better environment for energy investors and consumers, but it will require policy coordination from all levels of government.

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