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Why Abbott has got it all wrong on green energy

Tony Abbott is hinting he’ll wind back a program to support renewable energy because that energy is forcing up power prices. Read this, Tony; you’ve got your sums wrong.

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Forget business tax cuts, focus on electricity reform

While attempts to wangle a cut to business tax rates fail, there’s more to gain from repairing our energy regulation framework instead, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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How heavy industry actually profits from the RET

The government’s sweetener offsets to ease the pain the renewable energy target for energy-intensive industries may actually overshoot the predicted rise in electricity costs.

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Five things Gillard could do to fix the electricity market

Julia Gillard has finally fingered the real problem with electricity prices — inefficient markets in need of reform. Tristan Edis of Climate Spectator lists five steps to fix the situation.

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Electricity retailers: do we really need them?

Electricity retailers are not really retailers at all — they don’t deliver any product, apart from a bill. Now they’re accused of standing in the way of the energy revolution. Why do we need them?

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The politics of rising electricity prices

The carbon tax is not the only green scheme that will have an impact on regulated electricity retail prices in the coming year.

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Power prices are plunging, but only for a chosen few

It might come as a shock to many to learn that wholesale electricity prices are at their lowest since the introduction of the national electricity market more than a decade ago. Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy reports.

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What electricity will really cost under a carbon tax

Media beat-ups aside, the proportion of the carbon price that is passed onto consumers remains a great unknown. ANU’s Andrew Macintosh The Australia Institute’s Richard Denniss report.

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Dodgy maths of carbon tax predictions

Get ready for the disaster that looms on July 1. Not the carbon tax, necessarily, but the barrage of tabloid media beat-ups.

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Game on: energy regulators take on electricity networks

The Australian Energy Regulator has publicly conceded what has been known by many but rarely admitted — that Australian consumers are paying way more than they need to for their network and electricity distribution costs, writes Giles Parkinson.

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The truth behind the electricity price hysteria

The hysteria over electricity price rises ignores that even after years of big rises, power bills haven’t kept pace with income growth.

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Power grab: can Sydney make it off the grid?

It’s a tough job trying to take much of the CBD of Australia’s largest city off the electricity grid.

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Checking the docket on a carbon price

Treasury’s figures on the impact of a carbon price undermine the case for compensating middle-income households.

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Australia is sleepwalking into an oil price trap

Relying on the economic demise of others to keep petrol prices low at home isn’t really good news, writes Dr Michelle Zeibots, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney

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And the Wankley goes to… power out for Melbourne’s media

The people of New South Wales have a lot to be angry about — a toxic Labor government, a string of knifed premiers, a culture of ministerial incompetence. But why would the Daily Tele would try now to plunge an additional stake into the heart of an already terminal government over electricity prices?

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NSW power privatisation bucks the trend

The reports this week that NSW is about to privatize electricity retailing coincide with a move by many states in the US to return to regulation from an experiment with competition.

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