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The year in review

Year in review In 2021 global energy markets reminded us of the brutal reality of how inelastic they are in the face of short term change. Just as the pandemic cratered demand and collapsed prices in early 2020, so covid-recovery revived energy prices in 2021. Australian motorists noticed this, as did American motorists, prompting the …

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What makes an electricity retailer “green”?

Italian utility giant Enel launched its Australian retail electricity business last week, promising to be “a one-stop shop ‘greentailer’ delivering energy from Australia’s abundant renewable resources for the country’s clean energy future”, according to its country manager. Meanwhile, Shell’s takeover of Powershop has sparked an activist campaign for Powershop customers to switch away from what …

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Is the cost of going carbon neutral about to get more expensive?

The pace and cost of Australia’s fast growing, multi-million-dollar climate neutral industry may be significantly impacted by the biggest outcome at the recent climate negotiations in Glasgow. Forget all the speeches and the pledges, the big reform from COP26 was to finalise revised rules for voluntary carbon trading markets. Known at Article 6 of the Paris …

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Green steel deal

With the world’s eyes on the COP26 event in Glasgow in recent weeks, we may be looking on the wrong direction for the next major step on decarbonisation. Bilateral trade pacts centred around a US-EU alliance may be the way forward and may give Australia pause for thought on its own approach. The first step …

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Household electrification is unlikely to produce free money

Households consume around 30 per cent of Australia’s total energy account. They’ve historically been the most expensive to supply, have the most volatile demand and are most politically sensitive customers on the grid. One way to reduce household greenhouse emissions is to use zero emissions electricity for natural gas and run an electric car on …

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Our own European gas shortage

Australia is the world’s second biggest gas exporter, yet still we may face a regional version of the current European-styled gas supply crunch. Nationals leaders need not worry: Queensland is not affected. The ground zero of this looming gas shortage is Victoria, the result of declining local production and infrastructure constraints. How this gas market …

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