Author Archives: Alan Moran

The Big Bad Australian, Battling the Nation’s Interest

BHP, the world’s largest mining company, has demonstrated its clout by firing the head of the Minerals Council of Australia, Brendan Pearson. Amongst the most competent and seasoned energy specialists in Australia, Brendan had led the MCA with self-effacing charm. … Continue reading

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ACCC offers no answers to government created energy crisis

Appointed as head of the ACCC by Rudd Gillard, Rod Sims has a long association with the ALP going back to the Whitlam years. His re-appointment by the Coalition is unsurprising given the callow nature of conservatives and the fact … Continue reading

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Unwinding the renewable energy scam

I have an article in the online Spectator which addresses measures in place to correct the economic fall out now manifestly evident from green energy policies. Escaping the renewable energy subsidy trap It concludes Whatever the fall-out one thing is … Continue reading

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How does the free market cope with rogue businesses?

AGL from being a local NSW gas company has become the largest energy business in Australia.  Having weathered a disastrous period when Welshman Paul Anthony was installed as CEO in the early 2000s, the firm went into rehabilitation under the … Continue reading

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Andrews treads SA’s rocky path of costly power

My piece in the Herald Sun this morning Premier Dan Andrews is copying South Australia’s energy policy.  The Premier aims to lift wind and solar’s share of the state’s electricity supply from its current 8 per cent to 40 per … Continue reading

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Liberal, Green and ALP politicians conspire to destroy the economy

Yesterday, Malcolm Turnbull, unveiling the plans by Pratt for new investment in containers said, “You know everything my government does is designed to encourage Australian businesses to invest.”   The absurdity of this was underlined by Anthony Pratt informing us, “Our … Continue reading

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Renewables and the damage done: cross post from the Spectator

Here is a concluding extract from a piece of mine published yesterday in the Spectator However, the demonisation of coal and threats by a future government to destroy the value of any new coal power station means a return to an … Continue reading

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Weird times in the energy market

Recent electricity contracts AGL have announced a contract for electricity from the Queensland 453 MW Coopers Gap Wind Farm at an offtake price of less than $60/MWh (real) for an initial five years, with an apparent option to extend this … Continue reading

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Guest Post: The Magic Pudding Electricity Theory

In writing a response to a letter from NSW Energy Minister Don Harwin, Michael Crawford illustrates the demise of the electricity industry’s efficiency with this graph. Dr Crawford continues “The National Electricity Market (NEM) was established at the end of … Continue reading

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AGL’s profits from coal likely to attract special taxes

Just to prove that they are doing something to combat high electricity prices, the PM (and his energy Minister) called the major retailers to Canberra.  Mr Turnbull offered the retailers the sharp end of his tongue, admonishing them for the … Continue reading

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