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Economics & Deregulation / Energy

Energy is a vital area of the Australian economy, but it is constantly threatened by regulation and taxation. The Institute of Public Affairs examines the regulatory framework governing the energy sector and shows how deregulation can ensure that firms are given every opportunity to operate efficiently and that consumers receive the full benefits of a deregulated energy market. Environmental policies are also likely to challenge the vitality of this important sector.

The IPA also runs the Energy Forum, which brings together firms in the electricity and gas supply industry, all of which share a common view that privatisation and minimal levels of regulation will best serve the community. It provides a platform on which major industry leaders can test their views and subject them to informed criticism. Energy Forum papers are available here. For more information about the Energy Forum, please contact Alan Moran.

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Energy policy should focus on affordability and reliability

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Comments by new Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg about the reduced importance of coal in Australia's energy mix are disappointing and are at odds with the Government's 2015 Energy White Paper, according to free market think tank the...

Energy Target Madness Will Cost Jobs

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Today's Victorian Government statement on climate change, which sets out a target of net zero emissions by 2050, is impossible to achieve but will cost at least 5,000 jobs before politicians realise it, according to free market think tank the...

Solar thermal electricity should not get special taxpayer support

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

A report in today's Adelaide Advertiser that a US company promoting the construction of a solar thermal tower in Port Augusta, South Australia needs $100 million of taxpayer money as well as Government endorsed purchasing contracts to make the...

Potential Hazelwood closure a threat to affordable and reliable electricity

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

News that French energy multinational Engie is considering the closure of Victoria's Hazelwood power station is cause for alarm, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Hazelwood is singlehandedly responsible for at...

Higher electricity prices but no difference on CO2

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Labor's Climate Change Action Plan, released today, will increase electricity prices and make no difference to global carbon dioxide levels, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Whether a policy is called an...

Nuclear Royal Commission wrong on nuclear power

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

While the Tentative Findings of South Australia's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission in regard to mining and waste storage are welcome, its recommendations on nuclear power are disappointing, according to free market think tank the Institute of...

South Australian electricity crisis coming to a head

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Today's talks between the South Australian government and energy users and suppliers to discuss electricity price volatility are a direct result of its own renewable energy policies, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public...

Paris climate agreement: Style triumphs over substance

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The Paris climate agreement represents the triumph of style over substance and pays lip service to the pressing need for reliable and affordable energy in the developing world, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs....

Victorian gas exploration ban must be overturned

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The release yesterday of the Victorian Legislative Council report Inquiry Into Onshore Unconventional Gas in Victoria represents a missed opportunity for reform, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "The current ban...

Zero net emissions economy means zero jobs

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

South Australia's Low Carbon Economy Expert Panel's recommendations are unrealistic and should be disregarded, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Panel's recommendations include a 100% renewable energy target...

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