The Dash from Gas: Could demand in New South Wales fall to half?

by Tim Forcey and Mike Sandiford

UPDATE: The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) on 13 April 2015 released a report confirming the slump in gas demand. At the time of the initial release of The Dash from Gas report, the industry and many politicians continued to warn of a potential ‘gas shortage’.

A new report commissioned by The Australia Institute shows gas demand in NSW could halve within a decade and questions the need for a gas network in NSW.

The report also points out that if unnecessary gas infrastructure is built on the basis of inflated gas demand projections, then unnecessary network costs will be passed onto NSW households and businesses – as happened with electricity prices over the past few years.

RELATED – The Conversation: A crash in gas use is more likely than the forecast ‘shortage’

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