As 2018 draws to a close, Australia’s climate and energy policy remains almost entirely unresolved. While the government under Scott Morrison has a Minister for bringing down energy prices, it really has no clear plans to reduce emissions and has flagged plans to underwrite new coal-fired power. Meanwhile Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has announced Labor’s 15 billion dollar energy package, with a whole suite of measures aimed at boosting renewable energy, cutting greenhouse gas pollution and reducing electricity prices.
In this episode of Follow The Money, the Australia Institute’s Richard Denniss and Senior Economist Matt Grudnoff join me to discuss some of the details of Labor’s plan, some of the big issues facing the National Electricity Grid and where we need to go from here.
Host: Ebony Bennett, Deputy Director at The Australia Institute // @ebony_bennett
Contributors: Richard Denniss, chief economist at the Australia Institute // @RDNS_TAI
Matt Grudnoff, senior economist at the Australia Institute // @MattGrudnoff
Producer: Jennifer Macey // @jennifermacey // Additional editing by Lizzie Jack and Andrea Cantle.
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Australia Institute research:
> Renewable electricity policy for Australia
> Will-o’-the-ISP – Estimating renewable energy employment under the Integrated System Plan
> National Energy Emissions Audit: November
> Australians Want a Price on Pollution, Regret Abbott’s Repeal
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