Nuclear Energy in Australia: From Barriers to Benefits

"Greenflation" is one of the many uncertainties in Australia's energy future [CC0]

Here are the notes from my presentation on nuclear energy at the Goulburn Soldiers Club on 3rd November 2022. 

The presentation focused on the policy aspects of nuclear and addressed the following issues:

  • Why nuclear?
  • The policy landscape and nuclear
  • Arguments against nuclear
  • The wind and sunshine gap, Victoria 2019
  • Greenflation?
  • Rewiring the Nation
  • Policy impacts

Below is a list of supporting materials for my presentation at the Goulburn Soldiers Club, 3rd November 2022.

Supporting materials:

Allen, L. (2022, 3 October). Bill introduced to remove nuclear energy ban in Australia. Small Caps.

Australian Nuclear Association (2022). Teaming with Canada for Australia’s Nuclear Energy Future: Report on a recent trip by the speakers to USA and Canada.

Australian Electricity Market Operator (2022). Data Dashboard.

Davasse, G. and Merle, C. (2022, 3 Jun). Greenflation, the new normal? Natixis Corporate and Investment Banking.

De Percy, M.A. (2021). Models of Government-Business Relations: Industry Policy Preferences versus Pragmatism in Andrew Podger, Michael de Percy, and Sam Vincent (Eds.) Politics, Policy and Public Administration in Theory and Practice: Essays in honour of Professor John Wanna. Canberra: ANU Press.

De Percy, M.A. (2021). Policy Legacies from Early Australian Telecommunications: A Private Sector Perspective. Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, 9 (3).

De Percy, M.A. (2022). Institutional exhaustion and foreign aid in the time of COVID-19. In Jakupec, V., Kelly, M., and de Percy, M.A. (Eds.) COVID-19 and Foreign Aid: Nationalism and Global Development in a New World Order. London: Routledge.

De Percy, M.A. and Batainah, H.S. (2021). Identifying historical policy regimes in the Canadian and Australian communications industries using a model of path dependent, punctuated equilibrium, Policy Studies, 42 (1), pp. 42-59. DOI: 10.1080/01442872.2019.1581161.

Madsen, A. and de Percy, M.A. (2020) Telecommunications Infrastructure in Australia. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 55 (2), pp. 218-238. DOI: 10.1002/ajs4.121.

De Percy, M.A. and Poljak, J. (2022, 5 May). Energy security: Embracing technological neutrality. The Interpreter. The Lowy Institute. 

De Percy, M.A. (2022, 19 October). Old habits die hard: Labor’s uncosted infrastructure. The Spectator Australia.

De Percy, M.A. (2022, 1 November). Victorian Labor: Waste and Rorts

De Percy, M.A. (2022). What are the possibilities for hydrogen? Presentation at the CILT World Congress, Hyatt Regency Perth, 25th October.

Dubner, S.J. (2022, 22 September). Nuclear power isn't perfect. Is it good enough? Freakonomics Radio [Podcast].

GE Gas Power (2022). Cutting Carbon [Podcast].

International Atomic Energy Agency (2022). Nuclear Explained [Podcast].

Keefer, C. (2022). Decouple [Podcast].

Natural Resources Canada (2022). Uranium and nuclear power facts.

Platt, G. (2018, 27 February). 'Baseload' power and what it means for the future of renewables. CSIRO. ECOS, Iss. 240.

Poljak, J. (2022, 11 May). Hydrogen versus LNG: Choices for Europe. Illuminem.

Poljak, J. (2022). keynumbers.

Shakil, I. (2022, 26 October). Canada commits C$970 million to new nuclear power technology. Reuters.

Shepherd, A.F. (2007). Stumbling towards nation-building: impediments to progress. In John Butcher (Ed.) Australia Under Construction: Nation building past, present and future. Canberra: ANU E Press.

Tomago Aluminium (2022). Tomago Keeps The Lights On Across The State.

Victorian Energy Policy Centre (2022). Australian NEM Data Dashboard.

WSJ Podcasts (2022). Is nuclear poised for a comeback? The Journal [Podcast].

World Nuclear Association (2022). Chernobyl Accident 1986.

World Nuclear Association (2022). Fukushima Daiichi Accident.

World Nuclear Association (2022). Nuclear Power in Canada.

World Nuclear Association (2022). Three Mile Island Accident.