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Environment and Energy Workshop


Workshop by the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics

Start Date

6 Dec 2017 9:00 am

End Date

6 Dec 2017 5:00 pm


Harvard Lecture Theatre 1, Centenary Building

RSVP / Contact

RSVP by December 4 to Mark Tocock

On December 6, 2017 The Tasmanian School of Business and Economics in conjunction with Future Energy hosted a one-day workshop on the economics and finance of the environment and energy.

Centenary Building

The workshop brought together researchers from across Australia to discuss new perspectives on environmental and energy issues. There was a variety of interesting presentations on a range of topics reflecting the interdisciplinary characteristic of the workshop and the Future Energy group.

Topics discussed included issues concerning the role of innovation and financing in driving the transition to a low carbon economy; forecasting demand and prices as well as the potential for strategic behaviour of generators in the National Energy Market; the relationship between legal proceedings and media concerning controversial environmental projects; and the microeconomics of microgrids.

UTAS PhD Candidate Cynthia Nixon gave a presentation on how legal proceedings are influencing the way controversial environmental issues are portrayed in media. Her particular case study was the Carmichael coal mine project in Queensland. Also from UTAS, PhD student Ali Ghahremanlou presented empirical evidence suggesting that electricity producers in the National Energy Market could be exploiting market architecture to manipulate wholesale electricity prices. Keeping with the National Energy Market, Lecture in Economics and Finance Jing Tian presented new work on forecast revisions of electricity demand.

The workshop hosted a number of interstate presenters and participants. Rabrindra Nepal from Charles Darwin University discussed financing off-grid renewable energy in Australia; Martina Linnenluecke and Tom Smith from Macquarie University described how markets with drive the transition to a low carbon economy while Adam Bumpus from the University of Melbourne discussed the role of entrepreneurship in that transition. Stephen Theile from Queensland University of Technology discussed modelling extreme electricity prices.


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