Public Policy Papers (By Invited Authors)

Public Policy Paper #2/2013: No such thing as the cost of renewables? The significance of system and resource costs (June 2013)

The second in the Institute's 2013 series of public policy papers is now available for download. 

Author:  Malcolm Keay, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, UK 

Key Points:

  • Governments across the world are supporting renewable energy but the programmes are often controversial.
  • In particular, the costs are contentious, with advocates arguing that renewables are competitive; opponents arguing that support for renewables is increasingly expensive.
  • One reason for the differing views is that the cost structure of most renewable electricity sources is very different from that of conventional generation.
  • The cost depends on the amount and type of renewable energy in a system as well as on the technology used.
  • The level and form of government support for renewables should be based on a robust understanding of these costs and the implications for the wider electricity system.
  • Where the costs are uncertain, the emphasis should be on limiting total costs, providing incentives for innovation and cost reduction, and removing market barriers.

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Public Policy Paper #1/2013: Trust and Energy Governance in Australia (May 2013)

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

This paper is the first in a series of Public Policy Papers to be published by the Energy Policy Institute of Australia.  Its key points are ..

  • public mistrust is deeply affecting the energy industry
  • outbreaks of political activism in Australia, with inadequate responses by government, could become an insuperable obstacle to the entire process of economic development
  • consultative processes have been inadequate
  • the energy industry has good cause to be alarmed
  • there is need to provide for genuine participation by stakeholders in an independent energy institution which brings sound governance and transparency to Australilan energy policy 

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Final submission to the Finkel Review on Security of the NEM, March 2017

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

Policy Papers

Public Policy Paper 1/2017: How to reform the electricity market before we reach the top of a cliff

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

Since May 2013 the Institute has published fifteen 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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