Public Policy Papers (By Invited Authors)

Public Policy Paper #5/2016: East coast gas pipelines - Is price control warranted?

Author: Dr George Raitt, Piper Alderman


Key Points:

  • After a year-long inquiry, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission concluded that east coast gas markets are competitive, but that pipeline operators are exercising market power. 
  • During the period of the inquiry, east coast gas prices have been affected (and continue to be affected) by growth in demand for export LNG, volatility in oil prices (against which export LNG prices are pegged), and static domestic demand for gas, leading to shortages and higher prices for domestic users.
  • The ACCC conclusion is based on anecdotal evidence, and the inquiry did not conduct a forensic investigation into prices, costs and profits, leading some industry participants to contest the findings that pipeline charges (rather than other market forces) have adversely affected household gas prices. 
  • The ACCC considers that current competition law does not address the inefficiencies they perceive, since they have concluded that east coast gas markets are competitive.  The ACCC has proposed changes to the gas pipeline access regime because the ACCC considers that the regime does not adequately control what it considers to be excessive pipeline charges. 
  • In questioning the ACCC’s conclusions and recommendations, this paper advocates three points.

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After a year-long inquiry, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission concluded that east coast gas markets are competitive, but that pipeline operators are exercising market power.

Public Policy Paper #4/2016: Cyber Security Policy in the Energy Sector

Authors: Gary Waters and Luigi Sorbello, Jacobs Australia

Key Points

  • National economies and infrastructures are heavily dependent on the energy sector, which itself is increasingly dependent on Information Technology (IT) systems.
  • Ensuring security of supply is an urgent priority in the face of the increasing need for diversity of renewable and clean energy supply, evolving standards, and the escalating sophistication of the cyber security challenges.
  • The solution requires an effective energy and climate policy framework, strong industry leadership, and a pro-active bias for collaboration in the energy sector ecosystem to address security of supply and the cyber security challenges.
  • A disciplined "Systems Engineering" approach, that considers all facets of the complex energy system, including policy, regulation, technology, supply chain, standards, processes, people, detection, protection and defence, remediation, and compliance, can provide the framework to more effectively manage the cyber security challenges and provide a more holistic, coordinated and increased cyber-readiness capability for the Australian energy sector.

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Public Policy Paper #3/2016: The need for an energy vision in New South Wales

Author: Cristelle Maurin, University College London

Key points:

  • The Goverment of New South Wales seems to have only recently realised the full significance of community engagement in relation to energy resource development.
  • The overhaul of the New South Wales resource exploration regime is a positive step in providing more control to Government over the development of the State's onshore natural gas resources.
  • An energy vision would provide a greater sense of legitimacy for resource development and contribute to policy certainty that highly capital-intensive investments in the energy sector require.
  • An energy vision should enable consideration and integration of multiple perspectives and objectives and ensure social values and environmental objectives are placed at the core of future energy policies.

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Public Policy Paper #2/2016: Accelerating low-emissions energy innovation - an Australian Perspective

Authors: Professor Chris Greig, Director of the UQ Energy Initiative and Director of the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation, University of Queensland; and Robert Pritchard, Lawyer, and Executive Director of the Energy Policy Institute of Australia.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull signed on in Paris to 'Mission Innovation', an initiative that aims to double investment in clean energy innovation over five years. 

This paper provides an Australian perspective on how this challenge might be addressed.

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Public Policy Paper #1/2016: Australian climate change policies in 2016: Finding the best policies to meet the target

Author: Tony Wood, Program Director, Grattan Institute

Key points:

  • For Australian domestic policy, the critical outcome of the COP21 Paris Conference was that the Government set a post-2020 emissions reduction target: 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030
  • The Coalition Government's policies, even if on track to achieve the 2020 target, will need more work to achieve the post-2020 target and the Labor Opposition has yet to formulate its position.
  • When political viability and public acceptability are added to criteria of credibility, flexibility, adaptability and low cost, none of the policy options as currently configured fulfils all the criteria.
  • The task for government is to address the limitations or individual policies or find a combination that works.

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Public Policy Paper #3/2014: Community Engagement in Energy Policy in Australia (May 2014)

Author: Peta Ashworth, Technology in Society, CSIRO Energy Flagship

Key Points

  • A large proportion of the Australian public has a low level of energy literacy and appears increasingly to be confused and concerned about energy and climate change policies
  • Resources, including time and money, are required to ensure adequate opportunity for a wider cross section of the community to engage with policy issues
  • Engagement processes provide the opportunity for policymakers to hear from a broader cross section of the community to generate energy policy outcomes that transcend individual political stances
  • Independent information drawing from beyond the vested interests of individual groups and organisations is critical for these processes and to build trust and legitimacy in the outcomes

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Public Policy Paper #2/2014: The Economic Impact of High Energy Prices in Australia (February 2014)

Author: Jim Snow, Director, Oakley Greenwood

In this new era of relatively higher energy prices in Australia, we are witnessing the rapid restructuring of the more energy-intensive or energy cost-exposed businesses, driving many to move production abroad. Many cannot manage multiple changes in costs and have lost the edge that low-cost energy gave them to remain competitive. It is also driving the restructuring of investments in key parts of the energy supply sector in a way that is not largely reflective of an open, competitive market sector.

Key polnts:

  • The Australian energy supply industry has found itself in free-fall as demand has declined. 
  • Higher energy prices are forcing the restructuring of many energy-intensive or energy cost-exposed businesses, driving production abroad. 
  • Many businesses cannot manage multiple changes in costs and have lost the edge that low-cost energy gave them to remain competitive. 
  • Many Australians on low or fixed incomes are being propelled into energy poverty – which may lead to a restructuring of welfare benefits and the way people accommodate themselves.

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