Institute papers and op-eds

Creating a National Energy Vision to Provide a Framework for Long-term Energy Policy Priorities

Andy Lloyd, EPIA Chair, presented this paper to the Australian Energy Week Conference in Melbourne on 23 June 2017.

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EPIA Policy Position on the Finkel Review: Supporting an Orderly Transition Plan and an Independent Energy Security Board

EPIA strongly supports all of the key proposals of the Finkel ‘Blueprint for the Future Security of the National Electricity Market. Published 16 June 2017

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Clearing the path for clean energy innovation

An op-ed by Robert Pritchard, Executive Director of the EPIA.  Published on 5 February 2016 in Business Spectator.

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More pragmatism is needed for energy innovation

An op-ed by Robert Pritchard, Executive Director of the EPIA.  Publised on 7 December 2015 in Business Spectator.

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Business Spectator Op-Ed (7 December 2015)

'The latest message for the energy industry and the global warming movement is that clean energy is out of fashion and low-emissions is in.'

Read more in Robert Pritchard's article 'More pragmatism is needed for energy innovation' published on 7 December in Business Spectator.  pdfDownload now.

Discussion Paper on National Energy Commission (May 2015)

The Energy Policy Institute of Australia has issued a discussion paper canvassing the establishment of a National Energy Commission. The report can be downloaded by clicking here.

The paper:

  • explains why Australia needs an independent policy body that would function for the benefit of the nation as a whole.
  • argues that the national policymaking process has become outmoded because it has to contend with too many conflicting issues, many of which remain unresolved.
  • suggests that a National Energy Commission should be an independent statutory corporation. It should be commercially and technologically literate; it should provide for wide stakeholder participation, most notably by the states and territories; and it should report annually to the Parliament.

The Energy Policy Institute considers that existing institutional arrangements on policymaking are inadequate, being spread amongst jurisdictions and across multiple organisations, with resources spread very thinly and lacking co-ordination.

The Institute's discussion paper responds to the Australian government's recent Energy White Paper. The Institute invites comments from stakeholders. Please click here to respond.

The Importance of Energy for the G20 and B20 Agendas (June 2014)

 A paper submitted to the Australian G20 and B20 process by Robert Pritchard, Executive Director of the Energy Policy Institute.

The paper highlights why the energy sector needs to be singled out for priority attention by the G20 and why Australia needs a long-term energy vision.

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Japan and Australia - A Symbiotic Relationship in an Energy-Dependent, Low-Carbon Era (November 2013)

A presentation to Griffith University's Griffith Asia Institute
Author: Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, Energy Policy Institute of Australia

Australia and Japan need to deepen and strengthen their established relationship to take account of Japan's continuing dependence on imported energy and the need of both countries to play an effective part in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.  Australia not only needs to be a reliable supplier but it needs to provide a more conducive place to invest, so that a greater measure of vertical integration can take place.  Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and the spectre of climate change continues to loom.  Closer collaboration on energy-related, low-carbon science and technology and policy measures has therefore become a more important priority  An enhanced Australia-Japan relationship that addresses these needs could be a model for Australia's relationships with its other major trading partners.

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Energy Efficiency: The Australian Context (October 2013)

Author: Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, Energy Policy Institute of Australia and Managing Director, ResourcesLaw International

This paper was presented by Robert Pritchard to the Australian National Conference on Resources and Energy 2013.

Key Points:

  • Key Components of Sustainability
  • Future Contex
  • Manaing Change
  • Policy Settings
  • Institute Role

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EPIA Address to WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy (28 June 2012)

"The Final Energy White Paper – What Should We Expect?" In this address to the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, the Institute's Executive Director, Robert Pritchard, strives to express an apolitical view of the Energy White Paper and to highlight not only how energy policy has been subordinated to climate policy but how future policies need to be better aligned.

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A Technology-Driven Framework for Energy and Climate Policies (22 November 2010)

A presentation to the APEC Energy Trade and Investment Task Force in Brunei, 22 November 2010 by Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, Energy Policy Institute.

" The Energy Policy Institute believes that development and development of low-carbon energy technology provides the common policy thread for progressive alignment of global energy and climate policies.

Energy security is economy-specific but climate change applies equally to all economies. In the absence of a global climate framework, many economies are now undertaking the task of reconciling their domestic energy and climate policies. This work is likely to be substantially completed within a few years."

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AFR Op-Ed (10 November 2010)

'Australia is a moderate economic power. While we must do our fair share, we should strive to be a fast adopter of advanced technologies that are developed internationally. The climate challenge is not just about how to put a price on carbon.' 

‘Pricing ourselves out of a solution’ ..  an Op-Ed published in The Australian Financial Review on 10 November 2010.  (Author: Robert Pritchard, Executive Director of the Energy Policy Institute.)
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"A Myriad of Variables" (March 2010)

In conjunction with ESON (the Energy State of the Nation) in March 2010, the EA's Young Energy Professionals Group met in Brisbane to collectively respond to the challenge of forecasting Austrlaia's stationary energy mix in 2030.  Despite their best efforts to come up with a definitive forecast, they found the task impossible because of a myriad of variables that would influence the outcome.

We invite you to read this fine contribution to the energy debate.  Click here to download "A Myriad of Variables".

[Y]ESON Outcomes paper, 2010. click here  to download.

Climate Finance Falls Short (9 October 2009)

Prepared by Executive Director, Robert Pritchard and published with the authority of the EA Executive the attached paper “Climate Finance Falls Short” is a response to the G20 Leaders Statement in Pittsburgh directing G20 Finance Ministers to consider proposals for the provision of climate finance.

It highlights the interconnectedness of climate, energy, energy technology, finance and politics and suggests that immediate consideration be given to the institution of a study into the establishment of a G20-led Low-Emissions Energy Fund to provide finance on concessional terms to borrowers who use the best available, nationally appropriate energy technologies.

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Australia's Optimal Energy Mix (May 2009)

What actions need to be taken in connection with regulatory and infrastructure frameworks to develop and preserve the energy supply options necessary to provide an optimal energy mix for Australia in a carbon constrained world?

A presentation exploring these issues was made to a meeting of Energy Policy Institute members in May 2009. We welcome your feedback. Please email your comments via the form on the Contact Us page.

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Energy Sector Financing Review (29 May 2009)

The review shows that the global credit crunch has caused the pool of global capital available to the industry to shrink, and has caused most foreign banks to withdraw from the Australian project financing market.

The main conclusions of this review were:

  • the withdrawal of foreign banks has created a funding gap in the economy;
  • Australian energy companies need access to substantial capital to help Australia work its way out of the recession but many now face an acute financing dilemma, with some companies having difficulty in refinancing existing debt facilities;
  • most companies will have to rely on equity markets to raise capital - which will only be possible if significant discounts are offered against current share prices;
  • many small to medium energy companies, as well as some of the larger over-geared ones, may need to defer investments and divest assets;
  • considerable M and A activity and other rationalisation is likely to take place in the Australian energy industry.

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What's New

2017 Annual Report by the energy Security Board "The Health of the National Electricity Market".  

pdf graphicClick here to download this Annual Report (December 2017).


EPIA Public Policy Paper - 4/2017 "Future Energy Policy"

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The Institute’s submission to the COAG Energy Council, August 2016.


Panel Discussion: "What will happen in 2018 to the electricity industry in Australia and abroad"

Principal Speaker: Dr Ron Loveland, Energy Adviser to the Welsh Government

Location: Sydney

Date:  Tuesday 23 January 2018 - 4pm to 5.30pm followed by a reception

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Policy Papers

Public Policy Papers: A compendium of Key Points (to October 2017) 

Since May 2013 the Institute has published 18 Public Policy Papers.

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Public Policy Papers : A Compendium of Key Points (Aug 2016)

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Since May 2013 the Institute has published twelve Public Policy Papers.

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