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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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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...

Greens' 90 per cent renewable plan unrealistic: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The Australian Greens' proposal for a ninety per cent renewables target and the effective re-nationalisation of the electricity industry illustrates just how out of touch the environmental movement is, according to free market think tank the...

World Energy Outlook - fossil fuels still important to 2040

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The publication last night of the 2015 edition of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) World Energy Outlook confirms the ongoing role of coal and other fossil fuels in the world's energy mix for decades to come. "This document is also an...

Oxfam report - Right problem, wrong solution

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Oxfam Australia's new report Powering Up Against Poverty correctly diagnoses the problem facing the developing world of a lack of access to the electricity grid but prescribes the wrong solution, according to Brett Hogan, Director of Energy and...

OECD call to tax coal makes no sense

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The OECD's call to increase taxes on coal is a deeply disappointing development from what is supposed to be the world's leading economic organisation, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. In two reports released in...

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