Kieran Donoghue

The enforcer

A key role of the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is the monitoring and enforcement of the national energy rules. When energy businesses fail to comply with the rules the AER can fine them or take them to court to seek a bigger penalty. The AER has just published a summary of its enforcement activity for …

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Up, up and away…

Spot gas prices in the Victorian DTS system hit an eyewatering $58.44/GJ briefly on Friday. This is around 10 times the average price. What caused this price spike and what does it mean for gas users large and small? The price spike was due to a perfect storm of incidents and conditions. On the demand …

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How many of Australia’s Rich List built their fortune on energy?

The AFR’s annual Rich List was published late last week. Essential reading for the nosy amongst us who want to know how much resource magnates Gina (Reinhardt) or Twiggy (Forrest) is worth these days, it also tells a story of the industries in which Australians build their wealth. Many industries that are fundamental to the …

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Is the Energy Security Board proposing to introduce a coal subsidy?

Controversy has reigned over the Energy Security Board’s recent suggestion that the best way to ensure reliability in the NEM is via a physically-backed version of the existing Retailer Reliability Obligation (RRO). Many of the opponents of the proposal have sought to portray it as a subsidy to coal plants. Is this a fair description? …

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