Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Energy and economic issues
  • Applied economic analysis for policy makers
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy markets
  • Economics

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Bruce Mountain

Bruce is the inaugural Director of the Victoria Energy Policy Centre. He is a well-known Australian energy economist whose research and advisory work has focussed on the economic regulation of network monopolies, the analysis of retail energy markets, and the design of emission reduction and renewable energy policies. Bruce has been a long-standing advisor to governments, regulators, market participants and interest groups in Australia and internationally.

His PhD from Victoria University was on the political economy of energy regulation in Australia, and he has a Bachelor and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and is qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in England.


  • PhD, Victoria University, VISES, Australia, 2017
  • Chartered Management Accountant, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK, 1996
  • MSc, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1994
  • BSC, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1990

Key publications

Year Citation
2020 Mountain, B. (200204). Behind-the-meter prospects: What do household customers' responses to prices tell us? (pp. 307-316).

doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-819951-0.00015-3

2019 Mountain, B. (190101). Do i have a deal for you? Buying well in australia s contestable retail electricity markets (pp. 97-109).

doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-816835-6.00005-X

2017 Mountain, B., & Harris, R. (170516). Grid Versus Distributed Solar: What Does Australia's Experience Say About the Competitiveness of Distributed Energy? (pp. 83-99).

doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-811758-3.00005-X

Year Citation
2019 Mountain, B., & Percy, S. (190101). Ensuring reliable electricity supply in Victoria to 2028: suggested policy changes. Melbourne: Victoria Energy Policy Centre.

Year Citation
2021 Burns, K., & Mountain, B. (210301). Do households respond to Time-Of-Use tariffs? Evidence from Australia. Energy Economics, 95

doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2020.105070

2021 Mountain, B., & Burns, K. (210201). Loyalty taxes in retail electricity markets: not as they seem?. Journal of Regulatory Economics, 59(1),

doi: 10.1007/s11149-020-09418-9

2019 Mountain, B. R. (191001). Ownership, regulation, and financial disparity: The case of electricity distribution in Australia. Utilities Policy, 60

doi: 10.1016/j.jup.2019.100938

2018 Mountain, B., & Carstairs, J. (180101). Batteries, interconnectors and institutions: The case of South Australia. Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy, 7(1), (105-126).

doi: 10.5547/2160-5890.7.1.bmou

2015 Mountain, B., & Szuster, P. (150701). Solar, Solar Everywhere: Opportunities and Challenges for Australia's Rooftop PV Systems. IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, 13(4), (53-60).

doi: 10.1109/MPE.2015.2416113

2014 Mountain, B. (141201). Independent regulation of government-owned monopolies: An oxymoron? The case of electricity distribution in Australia. Utilities Policy, 31 (188-196).

doi: 10.1016/j.jup.2014.09.011

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Modeling Project P2025-Consultancy Agreement
From: The Australia Institute Ltd
For period: 2021-2021

A Status Report on Carbon Capture and Storage for Electricity Production
From: Australian Conservation Foundation
For period: 2020-2020
An Investigation of the Battery of the Nation Proposal
From: Bob Brown Foundation
Other investigators: Dr Steven Percy
For period: 2020-2020

Establishment of Victorian Energy Policy Centre (VEPC)
From: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Other investigators: Prof Bruce Rasmussen, Prof Peter Sheehan, Mrs Neelam Maharaj, Ms Alison Welsh, Dr Steven Percy, Dr Kelly Burns, Ms Stephanie Rizio
For period: 2018-2020

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Associate supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Aug 2017 - Present
Victoria Energy Policy Centre, ISILC, Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Aug 2017 -
Victoria Energy Policy Centre, ISILC, Victoria University

Professional memberships

  • Associate member, International Association of Energy Economics