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Will November be make-or-break time for Australian energy?

With state energy ministers meeting on 22 November – just a day after the Australian Energy Market Commission decides whether to amend rules on Marginal Loss Factors – the market is hoping for much-needed clarity around investment decisions.
Infrastructure Investor: The Decade

Stories of the Decade 2016: Politicians play the national-security card 

The Australian government’s decision to block two Chinese bids for Ausgrid drew a line in the sand for the land Down Under. 
Infrastructure Investor: The Decade

Stories of the Decade 2013: The government gives and the government takes away 

The European renewables subsidy flip-flops earlier in the decade foreshadowed a market transition that is now playing out in full. 

Ofgem admits price control errors leading to double-digit returns

The regulator also said underspending was a factor in the high performance of electricity transmission and gas distribution companies.
Apollo's James Zelter

Apollo, Oaktree top execs warn on regulation and populism

Top executives including Howard Marks and James Zelter expressed concern at last week's PDI Forum about political change and the risk of private equity being ‘squashed’.
Monopoly

Australian monopolies debate should give investors pause

The country's competition watchdog has come out strongly against a decision to remove it as the Port of Newcastle’s regulator, sounding caution about monopoly assets having ‘unfettered market power’.

Predicting the next decade: Regime change 

Europe’s regulatory regimes are becoming more punitive and may have reached ‘an inflection point’.

Investor group warns of project default risk in Australia due to MLFs

The group, which counts BlackRock, John Laing and Macquarie among its members, says that the current MLF regime can ‘materially impact’ investor returns in unforeseen ways.

Australian airport investors under fire over ‘grossly inflated’ profits

The chief executives of Qantas and Virgin Australia have hit out at infrastructure investors in a joint appearance in Canberra, calling for greater government intervention in the sector.
Solar panels

Why investor input is needed as Australian grid reliability concerns increase

The Australian Energy Market Operator has warned of risks to supply in coming months but the federal government is still not stepping up.
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