Author Archives: Alan Moran

AGL: using market power to mint profits

Alinta’s bid to buy AGL’s “unwanted” power station for $250 million has been rejected. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg pointed out that AGL valued the power station at zero in 2014 but back then electricity prices were under $40 per MWh, … Continue reading

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Turnbull’s chosen energy supremo says wind is cheaper than coal

On Thursday, at the Energy Users Conference, the government’s chosen head of the chive quango running the electricity supply industry, Kerry Schott, remarked that coal plants could no longer compete. According to The Australian (her speech has not been made public) … Continue reading

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Wage regulations: yet another measure undermining living standards

See saw Marjorie door Johnny shall have a new master He will earn but a penny a day because he can’t work any faster The unions have found a cause in Barry’s– a brother and sister run café in Melbourne’s … Continue reading

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Emissions and the meeting of energy ministers

Ben Potter, who as a useful idiot, was leaked a copy of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) report by the Victorian Government, reports today that the states are likely to sign off on the NEG at their meeting tomorrow. Potter … Continue reading

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Energy Battlegrounds and Furphies

I have this piece in this morning’s Australian which addresses the direction of energy and climate policy in light of Josh Frydenberg’s Press Club address.  Aside from demonstrating how the renewable program has wrecked the electricity supply industry and brought … Continue reading

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Trump’s breakthrough on trade rules

Though under pressure from the Mueller investigation seemingly trying to establish a link between Russian influence on Trump and the pornstar Stormy Daniels who claims a one night stand with Donald a decade ago, Trump seems to have kicked yet … Continue reading

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Energy policy takes center stage

The action is getting hotter on the energy front.  Having been in a small minority for years, readers and writers on catallaxy are now finding themselves closer to the mainstream on the policy on energy/climate. To recap, the recent initial … Continue reading

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Can the backbench energy revolt steer us back low cost electricity?

It all came so suddenly. Over the Easter break a ginger group of Coalition backbenchers, the Monash Forum, was announced.  Chaired by Craig Kelly, one of the few MPs who has really studied the economic disaster that greenhouse policies are … Continue reading

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The costly outcomes of renewable energy subsidies

I have a piece in Quadrant on line which is summarised as follows The fall from grace of the Australian electricity industry has been breathtaking. At the turn of the century, Australia had perhaps the world’s lowest-cost, most competitive electricity … Continue reading

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Beware of propaganda organs extolling new electricity power

While the ACCC’s Rod Sims may have had a Damascene conversion when he noted that he would like to get the price of electricity down half a dozen years after the reason for the price surge became obvious (hint look at … Continue reading

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