Electricity update

Flat electricity demand puts price rises squarely on network charges.

Rises in council rates and utility bills contribute to inflation

By Julian Bajkowski Price rises in bills to consumers from council rates and state energy suppliers have helped nudge-up Australia's official inflation rate, the quarterly figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics this week have revealed. The stronger than anticipated rise in the ABS’ Consumer Price Index of 1.2 per cent in the September […]

COAG reforms dogged by infighting

By Paul Hemsley The head of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council, Paul McClintock has warned that key cross-jurisdictional projects on occupational health and safety laws (OH&S), director’s liability and energy sector competition are in danger of failing. The grim assessment has come as part of the watchdog’s third annual report card on […]

Tasmania to build $2 billion wind farm

By Paul Hemsley Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings has backed a move to build the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere on King Island at a cost of $2 billion. Ms Giddings expects the project to provide “enormous benefits” to the Tasmanian economy, which has struggled due to a two speed economy, according to the […]

Tasmania smartens electricity grid

By Paul Hemsley Tasmanian Minister for Climate Change Cassy O’Connor has talked up the state’s investment in ‘Smart Grid’ system for electricity infrastructure as a way for suppliers to deliver cheaper power to consumers and better control the electricity network during times of peak load.. The government plans to embed the Smart Grid technology, which […]


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