CCEP Newsletter

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

Low-carbon transition for the electricity sector

With the Paris agreement signed and an election coming, domestic climate change policy will once again be in the spotlight. The last few months have seen a fresh focus on the electricity sector. At our event 'Australia’s electricity sector: policy options to support a low-carbon transition', speakers and participants made clear that energy policy and climate policy need to go hand in hand, and that the current policy framework needs augmenting to meet the challenge. Videos of the talks and panels are here

We will continue the public discussion with a public lecture by Dr Don Russell on 19 May, titled 'The National Electricity Market 20 years on: struggling with renewables or a national asset?'. Dr Russell was involved with the early moves that led to the NEM. He is now the Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of State Development. Previously, Dr Russell was the Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. He has held many other senior roles, including Principal Adviser to the Honourable Paul Keating, both during his time as Treasurer and Prime Minister and Australian Ambassador to the USA in Washington. The event is free but please register if you plan to come.

Meanwhile, consultations have continued about our proposal for a market mechanism for the phase-out of Australia’s most emissions-intensive coal-fired power plants. The proposal has been taken up in the Labor Party’s climate policy plan released this week. My hope is that a bipartisan approach to the issue of electricity sector transformation could emerge, including to policy instruments that can support it. Many voices in industry, the research community and NGOs are saying that some form of mechanism is needed to overcome barriers to exit of the most emissions intensive power stations.

Finally, if you’re not already on the mailing list of the ANU Climate Change Institute, you may want to sign up. Under Professor Mark Howden’s leadership there are many activities at the Climate Change Institute, most recently a high-level forum on the signing of the Paris agreement.

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Best Wishes

Frank Jotzo
Director, CCEP
ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

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