energy

Navigating a path through the national energy policy morass

The almost weekly major energy policy announcements by State and Commonwealth Governments in recent times brings to mind the old cliche of never letting a good (energy) crisis go to waste. Sadly, the lack of national direction and various recent uncoordinated Government policy announcements to address short term political problems could be laying the groundwork […]

AEMC Draft rule on new obligations on electricity network businesses for replacement assets

On 11 April 2017, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) published its draft rule determination in response to a rule change request submitted by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) to extend the regulatory investment test (RIT) to replacement capital expenditure (repex) and increase transparency of investment planning information.

Central Elements of Effective Policy Making

This policy update provides a brief and general review of the most recent policies, strategies and initiatives announced in the lead up to the Federal election. A central role for Government is to set the policy framework for its constituents. This is not an easy task, especially if we take into account the constrained timelines […]

Australian Competition Tribunal energy merits review decisions

On 26 February 2016, the Australian Competition Tribunal released its decisions in relation to the merits review appeals made by Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy, Essential Energy, ActewAGL, Jemena Gas Networks and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre under the national electricity regulatory framework. The key aspects of the Tribunal’s decisions and its implications are summarised here