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Electricity system/Avoiding gridlock


In 2016 we released a discussion paper by CPD Research Associate Alexander Marks on the future of Australia’s electricity system. This research highlighted the rapid uptake of rooftop solar and the prospect of similarly fast spread in battery technology was revolutionising our electricity system. It argued for major changes in the way our electricity markets are regulated in order to keep pace – with a particular focus on how the role of distribution networks needed to be updated to ensure a secure and sustainable energy system.

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Climate Horizons | REPORT AND PUBLIC EVENT | June 2018

communications - June 2018

Full audio of ASIC Commissioner John Price’s address and the panel discussion at our public forum is here:   CPD has released its latest report on how Australian companies, investors...

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Join CPD Fellow Ian Dunlop and call for more urgent climate action now

communications - May 2017

For almost two decades, CPD Fellow Ian Dunlop has been a powerful voice advocating for both a better understanding of climate science as well as for more urgent, robust policy responses from...

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Fellow Ian Dunlop calls for political-climate honesty and responsibility

communications - December 2016

As Federal Parliament wraps up for 2016, we’ve witnessed another year of dismal, polarising discussion of climate change. Instead of talking about the energy, health, economic and security implications of...

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Avoiding gridlock: policy directions for Australia’s electricity system | DISCUSSION PAPER | December 2016

communications - December 2016

Today CPD is releasing a new paper titled Avoiding Gridlock: Policy Directions for Australia’s Electricity System. The paper is written by Alexander Marks, who was the recipient of the 2016 CPD...

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CCTV America | 13 November 2014

Travers McLeod - November 2014

Travers McLeod interviewed by CCTV America In the lead up to the weekend’s G20 Leaders’ Summit, Travers McLeod spoke to China Central Television America about Australia’s role in combating global...

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Clean Energy Week | Storage session, Policy & Finance conference | 23 July, Sydney

CPD - July 2014

Australia’s biggest event for the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry, Clean Energy Week 2014 (CEW2014) will be held in Sydney from Tuesday 22 July to Friday 25 July. CEW2014 events...

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REGISTER FREE: 2014 Solar Conference & Expo | Melbourne, 9 May

CPD - May 2014

Book your FREE ticket for Solar 2014 Conference & Expo.   The 2014 Solar Conference & Expo is a world-class industry conference program on solar energy with three streams: ‘Industry and Policy’,...

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BBC News | 5 February 2014

CPD - February 2014

‘Is Australia falling out of love with solar power?’ Australia has the world’s largest number of homes with solar panels, but take-up is now falling after cuts to how much...

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ABC Local Radio | 20 December 2013

CPD - January 2014

Air conditioners raising electricity prices Electricity prices have been on the rise for all consumers. The blame is often placed on solar users but a large increase in costs is...

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Getting the facts right on Solar | OCCASIONAL PAPER | December 2013

Laura Eadie - December 2013

What is really driving higher electricity network costs… … and how can they be fairly shared between consumers? This report, prepared for CPD by the Australian PV Institute (APVI), is...

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When CPD set out on this work in early 2016, we began with the premise that performance and leadership on sustainability-related risks in the Australian corporate sector were lagging –

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CPD’s recent work on climate change has focused on the implications of a changing climate for Australia’s national security. Our agenda-setting report The Longest Conflict (2015)

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We are currently undertaking new research to map Commonwealth and Victorian grants and programs that promote sustainable agriculture and food systems and biodiversity enhancement on private land.

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Between 2011 and 2014 the Sustainable Economy Program completed a major research series on Australia’s marine economy, including a comprehensive assessment of the economic..

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