Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 13 & 20 : 16-Apr-20
RepuTex has forecast that demand across Australia’s national electricity market will fall by 22.5 per cent in May due to the coronavirus lockdown. The consultancy also warns that wholesale electricity spot prices could fall below $40 per megawatt hour, which in turn could result in high-cost coal-fired power stations operating at a loss. The wholesale spot price has already fallen to around $45/MWh in most states, although RepuTex says this could rise to around $60/MWh in June if lockdown restrictions begin to ease.
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Original article by Mark Ludlow
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 2 : 3-Jan-20
The Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (RERT) scheme is not the solution to Australia’s power supply problems during the summer months. This is according to Audrey Zibelman, the CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator, which manages the RERT. Under the RERT, which costs power costumers as much as $40 million a summer, AEMO pays large power users to cut their production in an effort to avoid blackouts. The Energy Security Board is investigating a longer-term solution to the RERT as part of its 2025 market design review.
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Original article by Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 4 : 5-Apr-19
Energy Networks Australia has used a submission to a Senate inquiry to warn that the nation’s electricity grid may not be equipped to cope with the growing use of electric vehicles. The peak energy network body argued that incentives will be necessary to encourage consumers to recharge their electric cars during off-peak periods. Labor recently announced that it will require electric vehicles to account for 50 per cent of new car sales by 2030 if it wins the upcoming federal election.
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Original article by Ben Potter, Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 29-Jan-19
The Grattan Institute’s energy program director Tony Wood has cautioned against an overreaction to the recent rolling power blackouts that impacted South Australia and Victoria. Charging consumers more to use air conditioners during extreme heat has been put forward as one solution to the problem of matching demand with supply during such weather conditions, as has simplifying the regulatory test for new transmission links.
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Original article by Lucille Keen
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 11 : 24-Sep-14
The Australian Government’s energy proposals may increase the price of power for many households. The "green" paper proposes changes in the pricing of electricity to give consumers greater control over their use of energy. Narelle Rothery of South Australia said that it would be difficult for families to move household power usage to off-peak periods
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Original article by Adam Creighton
The Australian – Page: 18 : 18-Jul-14
AGL Energy’s chief economist, Paul Simshauser, argues that adopting an electric power tariff system based on the time of use could boost economic activity. He estimates that productivity could potentially increase by around $A1.6bn annually. Research by AGL suggests that nearly 66 per cent of Australian households that take up time-based tariffs are financially better off. He says an opt-out system for flexible tariffs may be the best approach
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