Electricity market reform – don’t hold your breath

Governments have been telling us for ten years they need to reform the electricity market to encourage reductions in peak demand and distributed power generation. It's time they actually did something.

In yesterday’s Climate Spectator we reported on the Australian Energy Market Commission’s recently released report Power of choice - giving consumers options in the way they use electricity. In that report the AEMC acknowledged a number of flaws with how our electricity market recognises and encourages the use of energy efficiency, customer-embedded generation and demand-response, as alternatives to adding new power stations and augmenting power poles and wires.

In short, the report makes a number of sound observations about areas requiring reform:

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