Research 2021

Reports and Working Papers

wealth and solar.report

What is the relationship between household wealth and rooftop solar in Australia?

VEPC Working Paper WP21-11 by Bruce Mountain, Kelly Burns and Ben Willey • November 2021

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Marinus 2021 update. report

An analysis of the economics and greenhouse gas impact of Marinus Link and Battery of the Nation: 2021 update

A report by Bruce Mountain

This document updates our 2020 report 'Marinus Link and Battery of the Nation: Wrong Way Go Back'.

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Neighbourhood.report

An economic analysis of Local Use of System charges for neighbourhood batteries

VEPC Working Paper WP2109a by Bruce Mountain and Kelly Burns

 

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HumeLink report

A review of the HumeLink project assessment conclusions report

VEPC Working Paper WP2109 by Bruce Mountain, Ted Woodley and Hugh Outhred

 

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Do wholesale electricity prices.report

Do wholesale electricity prices pass-through to consumers in contestable retail electricity markets? An examination in Victoria, Australia

VEPC Working Paper WP2108 by Kelly Burns and Bruce Mountain

 

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rooftop solar report

Is rooftop solar a play-thing of the well-to-do?

A report by Bruce Mountain and Kelly Burns

 

This paper is a critique of the argument and the evidence.

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Kurri Kurri Report.

The Kurri Kurri Power Station: charging taxpayers for hot air

A report by Bruce Mountain, Steven Percy and Ted Woodley • June 2021

 

This paper examines the merits of the $600M Kurri Kurri Power Station proposal announced by the Federal Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction on 19 May 2021.

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Charge solar rooftop export report

Analysis of the impact of proposals to charge solar homes to export electricity to the grid

A report by Bruce Mountain • April 2021

A critique of the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) calculation of the impact of the network injection charge that the AEMC proposes that households with rooftop solar should pay when they export surplus rooftop solar generation to the grid.

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TIA report.report

Inertia and system strength in the National Energy Market

A report by Bruce Mountain and Steven Percy • March 2021

An analysis of the supply and demand for “inertia” and “system strength”, which are two of the “essential system services” that keep the wheels of the interconnected power system turning. Report prepared for The Australia Institute by Professor Bruce Mountain and
Dr Steven Percy.

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Presentations, Webinars and Podcasts

BOOT comes to households: has the sharing economy arrived in Australia's electricity market?

 

Presentation by Director VEPC, Prof Bruce Mountain, State of Energy Research Conference • 8 December 2021 

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SoERC 21 presentation BM.

The relationship between household wealth and rooftop solar in Australia

 

Victoria University, Research Talks Webinar, Episode 3 – Energy, 19 November 2021

 

Dr Kelly Burns, Senior Research Fellow, VEPC

household wealth and rooftop solar in Australia.

Response to Catherine Waddams "A review of the energy price cap and the future of switching"

 

Presentation by Director VEPC, Prof Bruce Mountain, Beesley Lectures, Lecture 7 • 18 November 2021 

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Response to CW.

Residential solar uptake in the Asia-Oceania region: what roles do wealth,

building form and property ownership play" 

 

National University of Singapore, Energy Studies Institute Webinar • 9 November 2021

 

Dr Kelly Burns, Senior Research Fellow, VEPC

solar uptake Asia Oceania.

The "solar wealth nexus": Should we believe the hype?

 

Curtin University, MSB Engage Webinar • 22 September 2021

 

Dr Kelly Burns, Senior Research Fellow, Victoria Policy Energy Centre, Victoria University

solar wealth nexus_edited.

The good and bad of the solar export tax

 

Solar Insiders – A RenewEconomy Podcast, by Giles Parkinson and Nigel Morris • 31 March 2021

 

Bruce Mountain from the VEPC and Jonathon Dore from Solar Analytics join Solar Insiders to discuss the pros and cons of the proposed solar export tax. 

Is rooftop solar a play-thing of the well-to-do? Reflections on the economic reasoning for and against local use of system charges

 

Presentation by Director VEPC, Prof Bruce Mountain and Dr Kelly Burns

ANU Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program Seminar • 3 August 2021 

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Rooftop solar