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How to replace the National Electricity Market

September 12, 2017 - 16:43 -- Admin

There are quite a few proposals around to intervene in, or repair, the National Electricity Market. In my view, it’s much too late for that. We need to scrap the NEM and start on a new path towards a zero-carbon electricity and energy system. I’ve written down some preliminary thoughts. I’d appreciate comments and also suggestions as to how I might push this idea along a bit.



September 11, 2017 - 08:11 -- Admin

A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.

Shorten changes the game on electricity

September 8, 2017 - 14:05 -- Admin

Somewhat lost in the noise surrounding yesterday’s High Court decision on the equal marriage survey was Bill Shorten’s statement that privatisation of the electricity industry in the 1990s was a major contributor to the current disaster. He’s essentially correct, though ‘privatisation’ has to be taken as shorthand for ‘the process of disaggregation and market reform of which privatisation was a central part’.