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Missing money, missing policy and Resource Adequacy in Australia's National Electricity Market

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    (Griffith Business School, Griffith University Energy Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge)

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From 2012 to 2017, 5000 MW of coal plant exited Australia's National Electricity Market (NEM) with an average notice period of just 5.2 months. Exit at-scale peaked just as imbalances in the market for natural gas emerged along with Renewable Energy entry lags due to policy discontinuity. By 2016–2017, the culmination of events produced more than 20 Lack of Reserve notices, two blackouts including a black system event, and forward prices at record levels. These conditions are traced to policy decisions a decade earlier. Lessons for other energy markets undergoing transformation include transparency over exit decisions, policy stability and limits to gas export capacity.
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  • Paul Simshauser, 2018. "Missing money, missing policy and Resource Adequacy in Australia's National Electricity Market," Working Papers EPRG 1821, Energy Policy Research Group, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.
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    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
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