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Will the latest electricity review bring climate and energy policy together at last?

Dylan McConnell and Anne Kallies write in The Conversation (30.11.16) about the federal government’s review of Australia’s electricity market, arguing that the nation’s electricity and climate agendas aren’t on the same page.

‘Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM) is under review following the state-wide blackout that hit South Australia in September.

‘The review, led by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, will “develop a national reform blueprint to maintain energy security and reliability”.

‘Importantly, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) specifically agreed that the review would consider Australia’s commitment under the Paris climate agreement, and how climate and energy policy can be integrated.

‘Before we consider how the NEM might need to change, it is important to understand how it came about.’

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