Stability and Affordability: Forging a path to Australia’s renewable energy future

7 April 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN 978-1-76010-538-9

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Committee membership (PDF 18KB)
Acronyms and abbreviations (PDF 9KB)
Executive summary (PDF 112KB)
Recommendations (PDF 8KB)
Chapter One - Introduction (PDF 153KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Note on references
Structure of the report
Other inquiries

Chapter 2 - Background (PDF 242KB)

A warming world
Implications of climate change for electricity networks
Paris Climate Agreement
Australia's Electricity Generation
The National Electricity Market (NEM)
Issues facing the NEM

Chapter 3 - Resilience from storage technologies and distributed generation (PDF 213KB)

Changing patterns of electricity supply and demand
Integrating renewables into the electricity system
New opportunities arising from storage technologies
Types of storage technologies
Ancillary services provided by a diversity of energy storage systems
Benefits arising from decentralised electricity generation
Committee view

Chapter 4 - Policy and regulatory measures (PDF 302KB)

The business case for policy certainty on a carbon price signal
The renewable energy target
Market rule and regulatory changes to incentivise the deployment of storage technologies
Economic opportunities arising from deployment of renewable energy and energy storage technologies

Dissenting report by Labor Senators (PDF 228KB)

Climate change threatens the resilience of Australia's electricity network
The need to replace out-of-date infrastructure gives Australia the opportunity to transition to cleaner energy sources
Australia has the technology to make this transition now
The need for national leadership to manage the transition to renewables

Coalition Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 108KB)

Coalition Senators' responses to the recommendations of the Chair's report

Dissenting Report from Senator Roberts (PDF 4MB)
Senator Nick Xenophon's Dissenting Report to the (PDF 115KB)

An Important Issue
Proceed with Care
Power Affordability and Security Scheme
Essential Rule Changes
Reducing Gas Prices
Encouraging Renewables

Appendix 1 - Submissions, additional information, tabled documents and answers to questions on notice (PDF 13KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 65KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senior Clerk's Office
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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Fax: +61 2 6277 3899