Australia has an energy crisis on its hands – with the continued forcing of renewable energy into the National Electricity Market (NEM), closures of power stations and concerns over the security and affordability of both electricity and gas.
In October 2016, following a blackout and load shedding in South Australia, the nine-member Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to appoint an independent panel to develop by mid-2017 a national reform blueprint to maintain energy security in the NEM.
In March 2017, the government of South Australia announced that, whilst it would remain in the NEM, it would, for the security of the SA system, build a state-owned gas-fired generator and legislate to give itself powers to direct the NEM in the event of a shortfall or a failure of ‘market forces.’
Disharmony amongst the Commonwealth and the States over the causes of the energy crisis or its solutions has raised a question of central importance: Is it time for Australia to throw off the chains of ‘cooperative’ energy governance?
The door is open for a National Energy Commission to be established under Commonwealth law.
Author: Stephen Wilson, Cape Otway Associates
Author: Robert Pritchard, Energy Policy Institute of Australia
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Author: Professor Simon Bartlett AM, University of Queensland
Author: Dr George Raitt, Piper Alderman
Authors: Gary Waters and Luigi Sorbello, Jacobs Australia
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Public Policy Paper 2/2017: Time to Throw off the Chains
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