Unpacking the Finkel Review

16.06.17 By
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On Friday, Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, released the findings of a review into the future of the National Electricity Market.

The Finkel Review was tasked with developing a “blueprint” for the national electricity market (NEM) that:

It’s a hefty 212 page document so we’ve put together an explainer to help unpack the content.


The Finkel Review is an opportunity for politicians, regulators and industry to deliver for much needed certainty for climate and energy policy in Australia.

However, there are a number of concerns relating to how the Finkel Review addresses climate change and renewable energy:

The Finkel Review report is a step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done to reduce the emissions of Australia’s biggest polluter – the electricity sector – by ramping up renewables and energy storage uptake and making energy efficiency improvements.

Australians are crying out for a strong, clear direction from government. The review is an orange rather than green light for a renewable powered future.