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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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Publications

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Confusion and logic in the nuclear power debate?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Paul Monk

The Politics and Economics of Climate Change

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Nigel Lawson

Developing Australia's non-fossil fuel energy industry: Costs of measures targeting carbon emissions

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Alan Moran

Energy in the market: The unfounded concerns about privatised electricity

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Alan Moran

The main problems for future electricity supply stem from government activity.

Transmission Pricing for Prescribed Transmission Services

ENERGY FORUM PAPER | Alan Moran

Nuclear Waste Management in Australia

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tom Quirk

Many countries are searching for a publicly acceptable system for nuclear waste disposal. Australia may be in a unique position to offer safe long term burial of waste. This will not only make a substantial contribution to world security but also...

The Electricity Industry in Australia: Problems Along the Way to a National Electricity Market

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Alan Moran

Regulatory Subsidies to Renewable Energy in Victoria

ENERGY FORUM PAPER | Alan Moran

A submission to the Victorian Government's issues paper "Driving Investment in Renewable Energy in Victoria" The Victorian Government should not be trying to artificially stimulate interest in wind power. Wind power subsidies are unjustified and...

Drinking from the bottomless well

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Alan Moran

Energy Efficiency Opportunities?: Submission to the Senate

ENERGY FORUM PAPER | Alan Moran

At a time when the Government has just launched its Task Force to reduce the regulation on business, it is simultaneously introducing new measures like the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Bill which will needlessly intensify that regulation. It is...

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