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Electricity Network Development: New Challenges for Australia

Lee Godden and Anne Kallies

in Energy Networks and the Law

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199645039
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738647 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645039.003.0016
Electricity Network Development: New Challenges for Australia

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The law and regulation of energy networks in the electricity industry in Australia has undergone substantial change over the past two decades. After energy market reform, the regulatory model governing electricity transmission and distribution is now largely premised on assumptions of competition theory and economic efficiency. This chapter examines two contemporary interrelated challenges for the governance of electricity network development in Australia. First, it looks at how the expected influx of new, renewable generation will place pressures upon the highly centralized, existing electricity networks. This pressure reveals that the existing network configuration does not readily allow for electricity sourced from renewable energy. Second, the chapter explores the need to replace bushfire-prone network distribution infrastructure in light of heightened bushfire risk.

Keywords: energy network regulation; Australian energy industry; electricity networks; renewable energy; bushfire; network distribution

Chapter.  9881 words. 

Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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