This briefing note explains how a federal government proposal to protect households from high power prices is being undermined by the official electricity rule-setting body.
Australian businesses are taking back control of their electricity bills by investing in renewable energy, storage, energy efficiency or demand management. Renewable energy is one solution for businesses to address high electricity and gas prices, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
This report outlines IPART's draft decisions on benchmarks for solar feed-in tariffs for 2018-19, and explains why and how the decisions were reached, including responses to stakeholder comments on the I ssues Paper released in March 2018.
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) is calling for submissions on how to change regulatory frameworks to help deliver long-term electricity reliability at least cost to consumers.
Wholesale electricity prices in Victoria and South Australia have risen since the closure of the Hazelwood power station, according to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), with other states in the National Electricity Market (NEM) also affected.
The National Electricity Law (NEL) requires the AER to monitor the wholesale market and report on its performance at least every two years. We are required to identify and analyse whether:
there is ‘effective competition’ within the relevant wholesale market, as defined in the...
This research found that behaviourally-informed fact sheets can improve consumers’ engagement with energy plans and increase their confidence in choosing the right energy plan or retailer.
State governments have spent up to $20 billion more than was needed on the electricity grid, and households and businesses are paying for it through their power bills.
In NSW, retailers can choose whether or not to offer solar feed-in tariffs to their customers, and decide the level of the solar feed-in tariff that they offer. However, to help guide retailers and customers, each year IPART recommends a benchmark range for solar-feed in...
Electricity is an essential service, and policymakers need to ensure that the benefits of smart meters flow to everyone, not just the most switched-on customers.
Few issues have resonated in Australian public discourse over the past few years like energy prices. Both household and business consumers have suffered the consequences of years of policy inertia, inconsistency and a lack of forward thinking by energy policy makers that have created a...
Electricity prices have become a political hot potato, and the blame game has been running unchecked for more than a year, writes David Blowers.
The AEMC predicts national residential electricity prices will fall on average over the next two years from mid 2018, as more variable wind and solar generation comes online - offsetting this year’s price increase.
This report found that short-term fuel issues and longer-term market challenges have combined to cause sustained high prices for wholesale electricity in New South Wales.
This paper highlights the difficulties that the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) presents to agriculture, manufacturing and other sectors of the economy.
This report is the result of a comparison of the state by state-based analyses undertaken as part of the Tariff-Tracking project, as well as reflections on the public debate on energy market developments and reasons for price increases over the last year.
This report shows increased numbers of electricity disconnections, higher levels of energy debt held by those customers not in a formal hardship program and fewer customers successfully completing hardship programs than in the previous year.
This report provides evidence regarding potential financial and health implications of electricity pricing and 'price signal' messaging for heat vulnerable households.