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AEMO’s Integrated System Plan: Does it leave Snowy 2.0 high and dry? 

 

Bruce Mountain, Director, VEPC, and Steven Percy, Senior Research Fellow, VEPC

10 August 2020

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) recently published its 2020 Integrated System Plan (ISP) for the National Electricity Market (NEM). The ISP is the culmination of a great deal of honest effort and is a trove of useful data and insight. It has provided further valuable information on pumped hydro generation and specifically on the proposed massive Snowy 2.0 which will be, in dollar terms, by far the biggest government intervention in the NEM in its 22-year life.

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COVID-19 and Social Distancing: Does It Show Up in the Demand for Electricity?

Steven Percy and Bruce Mountain, International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) Energy Forum, COVID-19 Special Issue 2020

Snowy 2.0 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing – it will push carbon emissions up, not down

 

Bruce Mountain, The Conversation, Mar 2020

Energy oligopoly using market power to profit under cover of rooftop solar

 

Bruce Mountain and Steven Percy, Renew Economy, Feb 2020

2019

Snowy 2.0 will not produce nearly as much electricity as claimed. We must hit the pause button.

 

Bruce Mountain, The Conversation, Oct 2019

Ownership, regulation, and financial disparity: The case of electricity distribution in Australia

 

Bruce Mountain, ScienceDirect, Oct 2019

Victorians who switched energy retailers only save $45 a year – leaving hundreds on the table

 

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, The Conversation, 2 Sept 2019

Australia’s energy woes will not be solved by reinforcing a monopoly

 

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, The Conversation, 23 Aug 2019

New demand-response energy rules sound good, but the devil is in the (hugely complicated) details

 

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, The Conversation, 24 July 2019

Regulator’s ruling on default market offers might not lower prices

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 30 April 2019

Energy price gouging exposed by new regulations

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 14 Jan 2019

New regulations expose energy price gouging through ‘free’ comparison sites

 

Bruce Mountain, The Conversation, 9 Jan 2019

2018

The verdict is in: renewables reduce energy prices (yes, even in South Australia)

 

Bruce Mountain, The Conversation, 6 Dec 2018

Consumers are angry about energy policy that doesn’t add up

 

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, Renew Economy, 13 Aug 2018

Tesla big battery: It earned a lot more money in second quarter

 

Bruce Mountain and Steven Parker, Renew Economy, 3 Aug 2018

The NEG is a flagship policy. So why hasn’t the modelling been made public?

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, The Conversation, 31 July 2018

NEG emissions plan is a political fix for a non-problem

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, The Australian Financial Review, 30 July 2018

ESB price claims for target already met are not credible

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 26 July 2018

If you need a PhD to read your power bill, buying wisely is all but impossible

 

Bruce Mountain, The Conversation, 25 June 2018

Electricity market reform in Australia

 

By Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, Published in Forum (Issue 114, June 2018).

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Market Insight: Residential electricity price series

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 4 May 2018

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

 

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, Renew Economy, 19 April 2018

Three-wheeling towards a poor energy policy outcome

 

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, Renew Economy, 6 April 2018

NEG: A tangled web of electricity regulation

 

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, Renew Economy, 16 Feb 2018

2017

Energy prices are high because consumers are paying for useless, profit-boosting infrastructure

 

Bruce Mountain, The Conversation, 24 Oct 2017

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

 

Bruce Mountain, The Conversation, 4 Oct 2017

MarkIntell major retailer residential electricity price series

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 6 July 2017

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

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 3 April 2017

Comparing Australia’s electricity charges to other countries shows why competition isn’t working

 

Bruce Mountain, The Conversation, 31 March 2017

MarkIntell’s latest state by state retail electricity market indices

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 15 March 2017

Wholesale price rises whodunit: Gas or renewables?

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 8 March 2017

Time to put energy retailers and their offers under the microscope

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 23 Feb 2017

Australian retail electricity price guide – state by state

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 21 Feb 2017

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

 

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, Renew Economy, 24 Nov 2017

 

NEG will replace electricity markets with Soviet-style state planning

 

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, Renew Economy, 25 Oct 2017

Can two clean energy targets break the deadlock of energy and climate policy?

 

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, The Conversation, 22 Sept 2017

 

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

 

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, The Conversation, 25 Aug 2017

Emissions intensity scheme – another act in tragic comedy of errors

 

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, Renew Economy, 27 Feb 2017

Want electricity reform? Start by giving power back to the states

 

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, The Conversation, 14 Feb 2017

2016

Coal closures: Will utility margins rise where the sun don’t shine?

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 19 Dec 2016

Solar and battery storage beating best retail offers in SA by a quarter

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 9 Nov 2016

Tesla’s price shock: Solar + battery as cheap as grid power

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 4 Nov 2016

AGL’s new retail offer signals big jump in wholesale electricity prices

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 19 Oct 2016

Making sense of the AEMO report on SA blackout

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 6 Oct 2016

How the South Australia blackout occurred: what the data tells us

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 29 Sept 2016

Does rapid renewables expansion necessarily mean higher electricity prices?

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 26 Sept 2016

Are retailers failing to properly value rooftop solar generation?

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 16 Sept 2016

Australia’s big energy retailers are fattening their consumer margins

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 19 July 2016

Grid parity for battery storage? It’s complicated

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 19 April 2016

2015

Networks continue spending spree, and the customer pays

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 4 Nov 2015

Battery storage and the challenge for networks and regulators

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 29 Oct 2015

Network polemics: Why ENA is wrong on battery storage costs

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 27 Sept 2015

Networks pricing everyone out of grid: It’s time for competition

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 18 Sept 2015

Solar wars: How networks discriminate against solar households

 

Bruce Mountain, Renew Economy, 25 June 2015

Grattan’s solar report: The numbers still don’t add up

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, Renew Economy, 12 June 2015

Grattan got numbers wrong: Solar policies delivered net benefit of $1.2bn

 

Bruce Mountain, VEPC Director, Renew Economy, 9 June 2015

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