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Articles by Bruce Mountain

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NEG is supposed to be better than nothing. But is it?

NEG is supposed to be better than nothing. But is it?

The NEG is yet another case of Australian exceptionalism in energy, typical of the toxic mix of muddled thinking and ideology that dominates regulatory oversight of this industry.

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NEG will replace electricity markets with Soviet-style state planning

NEG will replace electricity markets with Soviet-style state planning

The NEG is the end of the electricity market as we know it. Effectively, it puts the regulators at the centre of the industry. It is the Australian energy equivalent of “Gosplan”, the State Planning Committee.

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Energy consumers are paying for useless, profit-boosting infrastructure

Energy consumers are paying for useless, profit-boosting infrastructure

It is difficult not to lapse into despair about Australia’s energy policy morass, which is dominated by a deeply entrenched culture of half-truths, vested interests, ideology and wishful thinking.

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Australian household electricity prices may be 25% higher than official reports

Australian household electricity prices may be 25% higher than official reports

The IEA may be underestimating Australian household energy bills by 25% because of a lack of accurate data from the federal government.

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Finkel’s Clean Energy Target plan ‘better than nothing’: economists poll

Finkel’s Clean Energy Target plan ‘better than nothing’: economists poll

When the perfect is the enemy of the “roughly acceptable”: Economists back emissions policy that Alan Finkel has put on the table.

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MarkIntell major retailer residential electricity price series

MarkIntell major retailer residential electricity price series

New data shows that energy consumers are paying more than they think in their bills, and more than what the regulator admits.

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MarkIntell major retailer residential electricity price series

MarkIntell major retailer residential electricity price series

The latest guide to retail electricity prices across the major states in Australia.

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Competition isn't working in Australia's energy retail markets

Competition isn’t working in Australia’s energy retail markets

Australia’s residential electricity prices are amongst the highest in the world so it’s not hard to see why customers have been up in arms about high prices.

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MarkIntell's latest state by state retail electricity market indices

MarkIntell’s latest state by state retail electricity market indices

The latest state by state guide to retail electricity markets and their components.

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Wholesale price rises whodunit: Gas or renewables?

Wholesale price rises whodunit: Gas or renewables?

What drove Victoria’s wholesale electricity market prices up 46% in 2016? We put the screws on the historical data to find out.

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Emissions intensity scheme - another act in tragic comedy of errors

Emissions intensity scheme – another act in tragic comedy of errors

The EIS proposed by Labor and others is a wasteful rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul scheme designed to favour gas, and which will lift energy prices more than they need be.