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CCEP Newsletter

Centre for Climate Economics & Policy
Crawford School of Public Policy
Feb 2016
News from the Centre for Climate Economics & Policy

Policy options for lower-carbon electricity


After the Paris Agreement, attention is turning to how national pledges for emissions reductions will be implemented. Credible steps towards strong post-2020 emissions reduction policies are needed soon to achieve confidence in the bottom-up framework of climate change.

In Australia, it is expected that there will be a review of climate change policy during 2017. Analysis to inform such a review is getting underway, and at CCEP we will make a variety of research-based contributions to that policy debate.

Transformation of the electricity sector is one of the largest elements of any trajectory to a lower-carbon economy. Australia has tremendous opportunities. But there are many unresolved questions, one of them is how to facilitate the progressive retirement of high emissions coal-fired generation capacity.

Late last year we released a proposal for a market mechanism to achieve early closure of brown coal fired power stations. This has attracted a lot of interest in industry and policy circles.

On 29 February we’re hosting a symposium at Crawford School on 'Australia’s electricity sector: policy options to support a low-carbon transition'. It'll be an opportunity to discuss the latest research and policy ideas. If you’re planning to come, please register for the event here. Speakers are Tony Wood, Grattan Institute; Olivia Kember, The Climate Institute; Steve Hatfield-Dodds, CSIRO; Tim Nelson, AGL Energy; Frank Jotzo, Crawford School; Salim Mazouz, The CIE; and Kathryn Smith, CCA.
 
I’d like to highlight two other events on climate change and energy and climate change at Crawford this month.
On 11 February, there will be a session ‘International climate change: perspectives on Paris’ on the Paris Agreement, with Howard Bamsey, Stephen Howes and Jaehyoung Lee. It's part of the Development Policy Centre's annual conference. On 18 February, we have a research seminar on the effect of low carbon prices in imperfectly competitive markets, by Gordon Leslie (Stanford PhD candidate, previously at The Treasury). 

Looking back, the post-Paris symposium organised by the ANU Climate Change Institute attracted huge interest. A podcast of the event is available.
 
The CCEP working paper series continues to thrive, with three new papers since the last update in December.

I look forward to staying in touch, whether electronically or in person at ANU or elsewhere.

Latest working papers

Upcoming events


18 Feb 2016
Tax induced emissions? Evidence of unintended consequences from carbon taxation in wholesale electricity markets

29 Feb 2016
Australia's electricity sector: policy options to support a low-carbon transition

Recent opinion pieces by CCEP associates


03 February 2016
Hugh Saddler: 'Australia's electricity demand jumps as policy makers fail on efficiency'
RenewEconomy


14 January 2016
Hugh Saddler: 'Emissions and demand continue to climb in 2015
RenewEconomy


18 December 2015
Howard Bamsey: 'The Paris agreement: suddenly all seems possible'
Internationalaffairs.org.au


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Best Wishes

Frank Jotzo
Director, CCEP
ANU Crawford School of Public Policy


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