Electricity Privatisation in New South Wales: What are the Climate Change and Broader Sustainability Implications?

Environmental and Planning Law Journal, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 229-239, 2008

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/09

14 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2010  

Rosemary Lyster

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: January 5, 2010

Abstract

In this article, the author builds on previous work in the area of electricity restructuring to pay special attention to proposals to privatise the electricity sector in New South Wales, Australia. The privatisation initiative is assessed in the context of moving to a low carbon economy under an emissions trading scheme. The economic, environmental and social implications of privatisation are considered in the context of key reports to the New South Wales and Commonwealth governments on the electricity sector’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and energy security.

Keywords: electricity privatisation, greenhouse gas emissions, Unsworth report, Owen report, Garnaut Climate Change Review, energy efficiency, emissions trading scheme, renewable energy

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K32

Suggested Citation

Lyster, Rosemary, Electricity Privatisation in New South Wales: What are the Climate Change and Broader Sustainability Implications? (January 5, 2010). Environmental and Planning Law Journal, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 229-239, 2008; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1532012

Rosemary Lyster (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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