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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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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What's New

Policy Paper 3/21 "Electricity generation and emissions reduction in Australia: we need a coherent policy to foster technology development and investment" (Aug 2021)

Author: Stephen Anthony is the Chief Economist at Macroeconomics Advisor

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Policy Paper 2/21 "The Shell Decision: An International Legal Nightmare for the Energy Industry" (Aug 2021)

Author: Robert Pritchard, Energy Policy Institute of Australia

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Policy Papers

Public Policy Papers: A compendium of Key Points (to August 2021) 

Since May 2013 the Institute has published 29 Public Policy Papers.

pdfClick here to view the compendium of key points.