Dangers of power privatisation demonstrated by Hunter Valley hostage situation
Sep 4, 2019 15:44PM WST

We all know that there is a long list of reasons why it’s important to keep energy assets in public hands.This winter, the story of the future of two coal-fired power plants has demonstrated so many of those ... Read More

Canberra's energy ineptitude no obstacle for WA
Jul 29, 2019 09:53AM WST

The Federal Government has been copping it from all sides this year over inaction and uncertainty on energy policy.This time last year it appeared that there might finally be some stability after years of false starts when ... Read More

WA has some questions to ask about its energy future
Jun 17, 2019 17:17PM WST

WA is facing major questions about its energy future.The traditional energy system, with electricity supplied to customers through a linear supply chain of generation, transmission, distribution, and retail elements, is ... Read More

Two years on, Western Power is still under threat of privatisation
Mar 19, 2019 16:22PM WST

Last week marked two years since the 2017 State Election.Two years ago, you turned out in record numbers to use your power at the ballot box to save Western Power and keep WA’s electricity system falling into private ... Read More

New data shows prevention still the best cure for energy reliability
Mar 8, 2019 13:54PM WST

Australia has just gone through the warmest summer on record. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, temperatures exceeded two degrees above the long-term averages, delivering the hottest summer the country has seen since ... Read More

Severe weather exposes the problems of privatised power
Jan 25, 2019 16:42PM WST

It’s an election year and the Morrison Government is keen to be seen delivering action on electricity prices. Energy Minister Angus Taylor started the year proclaiming the Federal Government was taking decisive action ... Read More

Federal energy chaos leaves WA to play the waiting game
Nov 22, 2018 14:45PM WST

It’s been a testing year for all of the Australian energy ministers.As recently as three months ago, the Federal Government was out and about selling the National Energy Guarantee, it’s latest greatest energy ... Read More

Power prices loom large ahead of Victorian election but the damage is already done
Oct 31, 2018 12:11PM WST

Victorians are one month out from their next state election and the focus of both the State Government and the Opposition is firmly on energy policies.If there’s one thing the voters are sure about, it’s that ... Read More

The National Energy Guarantee is far from national and guarantees little
Aug 17, 2018 09:15AM WST

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has been on a media offensive over the last two weeks trying to convince the country that the Turnbull Government was finally fixing the problems of the east coast electricity ... Read More

ACCC confirms what we already knew about privatisation
Jul 31, 2018 14:44PM WST

More than 15 months after Treasurer Scott Morrison directed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to “hold an inquiry into the supply of retail electricity and the competitiveness of retail ... Read More

Usual suspects still not getting the message on privatisation
May 29, 2018 13:18PM WST

The McGowan Government handed down its second budget this month and the biggest takeaway from the media was it was ‘boring’.It was almost like they were disappointed in a lack of controversy or backflipping.In ... Read More

New National Energy Guarantee Leaves WA Paying to Clean Up Eastern States Mess
Apr 27, 2018 15:03PM WST

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg hosted a COAG meeting with his state counterparts last week to sell them on the National Energy Guarantee.Mr Frydenberg says the NEG is an “opportunity that can’t be ... Read More

Full Retail Contestability creates more problems than it fixes
Mar 20, 2018 11:07AM WST

Earlier this month, The West Australian reported that Treasurer and Energy Minister Ben Wyatt has shelved plans to explore full retail contestability.In the article, Mr Wyatt mentions the example of the troubled east coast ... Read More

Scholarship scheme vital first step in repairing Barnett damage, futureproofing Western Power
Feb 26, 2018 16:22PM WST

The start of February brought with it some very positive news for the future of Western Power.Energy Minister Ben Wyatt announced a new initiative: the State Government, though Western Power, will be providing 20 ... Read More

Extreme weather, fires prove the need for proper maintenance funding
Feb 6, 2018 12:49PM WST

With the first month of 2018 in the books, it’s already shaping up to be a year of extreme weather events.This January, we saw bushfires in the Perth Hills darken the sky at noon and fill the air with ash and ... Read More