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New demand response rule to erode market power of generator cartel

July 19, 2019

‘Australia is about to take another significant step towards breaking the market power of the country’s electricity generation cartel – and prepare for a renewables-dominated grid – with the main rule maker finally allowing demand response to enter the … read more

Big energy users paid for reducing demand

July 19, 2019

‘Big energy users look set to be rewarded for reducing their power usage during peak periods, under a plan to prevent summer blackouts.’ ‘The energy market rule-maker has released a draft version of its so-called “demand response mechanism” for public … read more

How ‘negawatts’ could help businesses cut their power bills

July 19, 2019

‘Manufacturers including BlueScope Steel and CSR stand to benefit from proposed rule changes in the electricity market that will allow them to better control their power use and bid directly into the wholesale market, saying it will help drive down … read more

National plan to cut use and cost of power released

July 19, 2019

‘The Australian National Energy Market Commission has today released a wholesale demand response draft rule that would allow businesses to sell power into the grid.’ ‘It is designed to reduce power use and cost…’

AEMC urges change to allow users to sell power back to the grid to guarantee energy demand

July 19, 2019

‘In a sign of rising pressure on power generation, the Federal Government’s chief energy advisor is urging rule changes to allow large commercial and industrial users to easily reduce their demand in peak periods and sell it back into the … read more

Energy prices: large users could be paid to reduce demand at peak times

July 19, 2019

‘Large energy users would be paid to reduce their power demand at peak times under a proposed new rule for the sector aimed at boosting competition and reducing wholesale prices…’

The Sri Lankan civil war a decade on

May 29, 2019

‘While the Australian nation was transfixed by the federal election on May 18 a tragic anniversary rolled by unnoticed. ‘May 18 marked a decade since the civil war in Sri Lanka ended. ‘After twenty five years of bloodshed the Liberation … read more

Human rights cases still unresolved ten years after Sri Lankan civil war

May 15, 2019

‘This weekend marks 10 years since the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, in which Sri Lankan Government forces fought the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, known as the Tamil Tigers, for 26 years.’ ‘In the decade since the … read more

Legal gambit to cut charity funding

April 4, 2019

‘The federal government claims it lacks the constitutional power to fund advocacy activity, although it refuses to release its advice and legal experts uniformly reject the assertion. By Mike Seccombe.’

Secret recordings allege excessive force by guards in Australia’s detention centres

March 25, 2019

‘Leaked video, audio and images have revealed allegations of excessive force and harassment inside Australia’s network of onshore detention centres.’ ‘Last year the federal court overruled a ban on detainees having phones, which has allowed snippets of life inside the … read more

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