Economics & Deregulation / Energy

Energy is a vital area of the Australian economy, but it is constantly threatened by regulation and taxation. The Institute of Public Affairs examines the regulatory framework governing the energy sector and shows how deregulation can ensure that firms are given every opportunity to operate efficiently and that consumers receive the full benefits of a deregulated energy market. Environmental policies are also likely to challenge the vitality of this important sector.

The IPA also runs the Energy Forum, which brings together firms in the electricity and gas supply industry, all of which share a common view that privatisation and minimal levels of regulation will best serve the community. It provides a platform on which major industry leaders can test their views and subject them to informed criticism. Energy Forum papers are available here. For more information about the Energy Forum, please contact Alan Moran.

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Budget 2017: Energy Policy's Gushing Wounds Won't Be Fixed With A Mop And Bucket

Energy | Brett Hogan
The Spectator Australia 12th May, 2017

If you had a wound that was gushing blood onto the floor and your doctor prescribed a mop and bucket, you'd ask where he got his practicing...

Like It Or Not, Coal Is Still King

Energy | Brett Hogan
The Spectator Australia 23rd March, 2017

On Wednesday, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and CoalSwarm released the 2017 edition of Boom and Bust: Tracking the Global Coal Plant Pipeline, a...

Red tape hampers resources recovery for miners

Energy | Darcy Allen
West Australian 8th October, 2016

The future prosperity of resource-rich states such as Western Australia is threatened by unnecessary regulatory roadblocks. Capitalising on a...

Strip Greens of pointless funding

Energy | Daniel Wild
Courier Mail 5th October, 2016

After years of litigation, environmental activists have been dealt a terrible intellectual and legal blow by the Queensland Supreme Court:...

WA Labor's uranium ban sells the state short

Energy | Daniel Wild
The Spectator Australia 14th September, 2016

According to WA Labor's Plan for Jobs, ‘a McGowan Labor Government will free business from the burden of poor regulations'. Yet if elected WA...

Energy ministers need to facilitate, not limit, consumer choices

Energy | Brett Hogan
Australian Financial Review 19th August, 2016

As the nation's Energy Ministers prepare for Friday's meeting in Canberra to discuss how to "ensure energy markets remain stable and secure" it...


South Australian Energy Statement An Admission Of Failure


Today's energy package announcement by the South Australian Government is an admission of policy failure according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "This package is a damning indictment on 21st century South Australia,"...

IPA: Victorian Opposition Right To Repeal Victorian Renewable Energy Target


"The Victorian Opposition is right to scrap the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) in Victoria. It is a costly scheme which raises energy prices while providing no noticeable benefits to the environment," said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow...

5 Reasons To Abolish The RET


The Renewable Energy Target (RET) mandates that 33,000 GWh of electricity - 24 per cent - be generated from renewable sources by 2020. To do this, wholesale energy users, mostly retailers, are required to purchase a certain amount of wholesale...