Author Archives: Alan Moran

Victorian Government contracts for renewable energy supplies

Victoria has announced fifteen-year contract for wind and solar capacity amounting to 650 megawatts (the giant Loy Yang is 2,200 MW but renewables only provide about one third as much electricity per MW of capacity).  The price is said to … Continue reading

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The same old subsidies to renewables: only the name has changed

The NEG is dead but all its developers remain in place, thrashing around as they seek out a new moniker for the policy of penalising and rendering uneconomic the coal based generation that not so long ago gave Australia the … Continue reading

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Will abandoning energy subsidies allow the electricity market to self-correct?

Coordination of supply in network industries Network industries involve firms cooperating in order to meet customer demands.  Their success depends upon parties mutually agreeing on certain interconnection standards in order to combine components together.  This need for coordination was often … Continue reading

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Politicians’ ignorance over energy provides them licence to conjure up madcap policies!

Energy remains the cutting edge of the political miasma we are living through but few of the players have an understanding of the market or government limitations on how to make it work better.  Some think the market’s travails are … Continue reading

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Turnbull’s new approach to electricity: smoke and mirrors

The idiocy of Turnbull’s handling of electricity policy now, once again, looks likely to cost him the leadership of his party.  Faced with termination, he is seeking to extricate himself while pretending to reform the policy that has revealed his … Continue reading

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Regulatory restraints on land use: harmful to affluence and to recreation

A couple of weeks ago I launched an excellent book, GOING ‘GREEN’ Forests, fire and a flawed conservation culture by Mark Poynter. I recalled that in earlier years there was a body that grandly called itself the Competent Authority.  It … Continue reading

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Australian energy policy driving us on the road to Venezuela?

The absurdity of the oxymoronic “National Energy Guarantee” continues. Minister Frydenberg is urging all the states to sign onto his carbon tax with its fairyland projections of declining electricity prices on the back of higher roof-top investments. (The Government and its … Continue reading

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Modelling, Schmodelling! How to rationalise policies that would destroy the economy

In a reprise of the feeding of the 5000 with five loaves and two fish, the Energy Security Board has offered salvation for the Australian economy with the National Energy Guarantee (NEG). A cunning scheme has been developed by the … Continue reading

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Yet another bureaucratic report promoting more spending on electricity

I have a piece in Quadrant this morning addressing the latest piece of energy market advice and regulation cornucopia of advice and regulatory ground preparation from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).   This is the sixth major report on electricity … Continue reading

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Is there logic in Bjorn Lomborg’s climate change proposals?

The Australian’s opinion piece writers on the energy and climate change issue include Judith and Henry as well as Maurice Newman, Chris Kenny and Graham Lloyd.  They are all doing terrific work in addressing the myths and self-serving agitprop that … Continue reading

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