Author Archives: Alan Moran

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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The National Energy Guarantee: selling an oxymoron

Last week the energy regulators (that is the four Commonwealth bodies) staged an affirmation meeting for the NEG.  Firm after firm, and NGO after NGO all trooped up to say what a splendid idea it was and, usually with a … Continue reading

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Wind forces up electricity prices in direct and indirect ways

Different generator types earn different average prices in electricity markets.  Australia’s National Electricity Market can see prices at anywhere between $14,200 per MWh to -$1,000 per MWh in response to different demand and supply situations.  The price variability provides incentives … Continue reading

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Domestic gas shortage averted – not even nearly beneficial

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) recently produced forecasts that gas availability would not be a constraint on electricity supply over the coming years, notwithstanding the tremendous increase in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports.  AEMO projects the following picture. The … Continue reading

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Australia’s carbon tax Mark II

I have an article this morning in Quadrant-on-line addressing the latest developments involving  The National Energy Guarantee (NEG) Australia’s new carbon tax.  This is to operate by requiring electricity retailers to ensure their supplies conform to a progressively declining level of … Continue reading

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Energy policy, price escalation and the destruction of industry competitiveness

For some in Australia, the renewable rich UK electricity market is a beacon. Wind produced 15 per cent of the UK’s electricity in 2017 and was running at 29 per cent earlier this year bringing Emma Pinchbeck, executive director of … Continue reading

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Tony Abbott to give the 2018 Bob Carter Commemorative Lecture

Many in the catallaxy family would have been familiar with Professor Bob Carter, Australia’s gentleman scientist and leading critic of the global warming hype, who passed away in January 2016.  Our friends at the Australian Environment Foundation (AEF), where Bob … Continue reading

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Superannuation funds’ “ethical” investment behaviour

The debate ignited by the Productivity Commission over the effectiveness of superannuation funds as pension funds contains some enigmatic facets.  One is that the funds themselves, especially the trade union dominated “Industry Funds”, tend to make their investment choices overwhelmingly … Continue reading

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Liddell, renewables and the future of the Australian economy

I had a piece in the Australian Spectator on the saga that is AGL’s determination to milk the regulatory induced energy price hikes.  Here is an extract Like a border skirmish that develops into a global conflagration, John Howard’s policy … Continue reading

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