Here’s a story not told much in last three days: amid all the wrangling over the controversial NEG, the CoAG meeting of state and federal energy ministers actually managed to accomplish some really good things.
The first was a call for the ESB to put into effect the Integrated System Plan, the 20-year plan by the Australian Energy Market Operator to integrate renewables. The second was the enthusiastic response to chief scientist Alan Finkel’s report on hydrogen, and the request for a detailed proposal for a hydrogen industry.
We also took with Andrew Smith, the head of energy markets at National Australia Bank. And, of course, we deliver more judgment on the NEG and the calisthenics of the modelling and outcomes.
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