Menu lock

Topic archives: energy

Crikey Worm: Labor states not happy with Turnbull’s energy plan

October 18, 2017

Good morning, early birds. The next COAG "meeting" is shaping up to be more of an all-in brawl after Labor state governments announced their acute displeasure with Malcolm Turnbull's new energy plan, and the Yes vote is pulling ahead. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Coalition racks up yet another energy policy, this one more to Abbott’s taste

October 17, 2017 14

The government's new energy regulation-based energy policy isn't about trying to avoid a fight with Tony Abbott -- but instead about a desperate government that needs a political weapon.

Should we take responsibility for energy policy away from the government?

October 11, 2017 17

If kicking the politicians out of policymaking is good enough in monetary policy, why isn't it good enough in energy?

Another day, another Turnbull gas press conference

September 28, 2017 16

Having recycled his Snowy Hydro announcement, the Prime Minister is now recycling announcements about securing gas supply. At least he's getting stuck into Labor though.

Gas crisis: warning! warning! warning! Um, what comes next?

September 26, 2017 15

Gas companies should be careful - the Prime Minister really will use a gas reservation. He will, you know! Don't try him! And what does the competition regulator think of all this?

Nationalisation back on the agenda in politicians’ power panic

September 12, 2017 26

As politicians panic about the energy crisis they themselves have created, some old ideas are suddenly fashionable again.

Turnbull plays favourites as pre-Keating economics become ‘cool’ again

September 11, 2017 5

As interventionism becomes fashionable again, governments will do what they've always done -- play favourites and go after enemies. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

The day the right didn’t like market forces, when coal-fired power was on the line

September 7, 2017 16

Let free markets and private capital operate unencumbered by regulation, the right demands. Until, um, free markets produce results they have an ideological problem with.

Clean green Turnbull pumps Snowy Hydro PR back uphill, reuses it

August 28, 2017 28

Malcolm Turnbull's Snowy Hydro 2.0 is a couple of small announcements masquerading as a "gamechanger" in energy policy -- one the Productivity Commission fears will be a white elephant.

What’s the real reason for electricity price hikes?

August 8, 2017 10

Electricity prices are a hot topic at present. Amidst the welter of claim and counter-claim as to what is the cause of higher electricity prices, there has been remarkably little use of the available evidence, writes former head of Prime Minister and Cabinet Michael Keating.