COAG must look beyond gold plating

Limiting gold plating of networks is a step in the right direction, but will not solve the longer-term problems facing the electricity sector. A new distributed energy market is needed to facilitate the uptake of efficient, low-emission technologies.

The increases in electricity prices over the last five or so years have resulted in a range of government responses, including a proposal to discuss solutions at this Friday’s COAG meeting. The most recent report is the Australian Energy Market Commission Power of Choice (PoC) Review’s Final Report.

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