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Articles by Bruce Mountain

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Market Insight residential electricity price series

Market Insight 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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Is the NEG just an EIS in disguise, but with added costs?

Is the NEG just an EIS in disguise, but with added costs?

The NEG seeks to obscure the most valuable information obtained from a market – the price of emissions. Needless complexity and cost arises.

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Three-wheeling towards a poor energy policy outcome

Three-wheeling towards a poor energy policy outcome

Defending NEG on basis that something must be better than nothing is like trying to build a car and settling on just three wheels and no steering.

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Tesla battery + solar now "significantly cheaper" than grid power

Tesla battery + solar now “significantly cheaper” than grid power

Just 14 months ago, the writing was on the wall for grid-only electricity supply. Turns out the gap between grid only and PV+battery+grid is growing much more quickly than we imagined.

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NEG: A tangled web of electricity regulation

NEG: A tangled web of electricity regulation

How will retailers meet their emission reduction obligations under the proposed NEG. It’s a tangled web, and we suspect the ESB is starting to understand the monster it is creating.

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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

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