The Grants Archive is resource that retrospectively documents all grants decisions made by Energy Consumers Australia (After January 2015)
and the Consumer Advocacy Panel (Before January 2015). These records, reports and associated documents have been made available to inform
policy and build knowledge about energy consumer research and advocacy in Australia.
Please note that all records previously available on the Consumer Advocacy Panel website are now available within this resource.
Joint EUAA/EAG submission to the ACCC's Discussion Paper on the Regulatory Test to ensure consumer interests are considered when assessing whether the test is appropriate to the needs of consumers - in particular addressing the issues of net markets benefits test, and transmission augmentation
- The levels of capex and opex in the asset base, historical trends, benchmarks - Business performance in relation to the past five years compared to the projected performance over the 5 regulatory period. - The rate of return - The depreciation cyc
Identifying for Regulators the substance of regulatory risk through comparison to investment risks faced by businesses in a competitive environment. A review of the key local and overseas regulatory decisions will also be undertaken.
Facilitate the creation of informed, targeted, rigorous and effective consumer contributions to NEM and Code processes, and ultimately produce more informed and balanced, and thus improved, decision-making processes and outcomes for the NEM.
To monitor the impact of full retail contestability and the operations of the National Electricity Market on low income domestic consumers in South Australia with application to other NEM member states
To ascertain whether the information on network charges is readily available to business users across all LNSPs and useful for business planning purpose. The intended result will be a report providing analysis of the obstacles facing large customers connecting to the grid, including the differences in the amount of contribution, level of contestable choice, process and level of protection.
The proposed assignment will document the extent of pool price volatility experienced in the NEM over the past two years or so. It will look at the specific reasons for the volatility and document known and evident downstream effects.
To develop principles to be used to establish a single harmonised retail code to operate in the National Electricity Market (NEM), on the basis that a single code will lead to efficiencies, create certainty and establish national best practice.
Monash University Centre for the Study of Privatisation and Public Accountability
This project is designed to create a comprehensive understanding of consumer outcomes of electricity market reforms and will directly lead to informed advocacy by consumer advocates regarding the development of the Code and the NEM.
The project involves the preparation of detailed submissions to the range of issues raised by the ESCOSAs current Electricity Distribution Price Review, that analysis shows are critical to the cost and standards of electricity distribution service
To identify the existence and extent of market power in the National Electricity Market (NEM) and to analyze the performance of the market to determine the extent of competitive and non-competitive outcomes.
Funding of EUAA Director of Policy & Regulation (NEM Specialist) to develop policy positions for the EUAA, and the development of extensive input to ensure that end-user interests are strongly presented in the relevant forums. Funding was approved for three years.
Project to consider the issues raised by ESCOSA in the Discussion Paper, and to provide it with a discussion of those issues so that consumers may respond to ESCOSA from a better informed viewpoint. To assist consumers to understand the complex framework within which the return on assets issue will be considered by ESCOSA, and to identify arguments that we think consumers might legitimately make to ESCOSA within this framework.
Submission to the Reliability Panel of NECA on the Value of Lost Load (VoLL) and the Cumulative Price Threshold in the National Electricity Market. Outline of EUAA objections to high levels of VoLL in the NEM and submit the need for a price cap and the absence of concern regarding gnerator market power and the cost of risk mitigation.
Submission to ACCC's review of 'Draft Statement of Regulatory Principles for Transmission Revenues' to urge ACCC to reconsider a number of its proposals and 'preferred positions'. These include the ACCC's current practices for setting transmission revenue, fixing the consultation period, etc.
To feed directly into consumers input to the VOLL enquiry of the Reliability Panel. A consultant has been selected who is to report by the end of the year, and NECA intends to undertake public consultation early in 2004.
To assist trained domestic users and their representatives to contribute to national and jurisdictional policy development and processes within the pricing jurisdiction Tasmanian Energy Regulator, the National Electricity Code and the NEM
Submission to ACCC review of Transgrid & Energy Australia revenue cap application objecting to the revenues being sought - resulting in unreasonably high transmission use of system charges being imposed on major energy
Deliver a training and support program to representatives of key community-based stakeholders on National Electricity Market (NEM) issues through a series of training workshops and other communications. The ultimate object is to develop a capacity within each stakeholder organisation to advocate strategically on behalf of households on key issues tha effect residential energy supplies.
To participate in the NEM regulatory processes, to sustain its skills base and to passing on some of the organisational knowledge about the NEM to a range of organisations who show interest in the issues.
The holding of a capacity building meeting of community organizations which represent environmental, social and consumer interests, to discuss how to pursue demand management for small (predominantly household) customers.
Submission to the ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission's Draft Decision on Investigation into Prices for Electricity Distribution Services in the ACT - in order to represent the interests of the 8.5% of ACT householders living in poverty.
Investigates the feasibility of simpler electricity price structures as faced by end users, so that customers can easily understand the nexus between their consumption pattern and the price they pay for electricity.
Submission on behalf of the Retirement Villages Association to the NEMMCO Discussion Paper on Embedded Networks and Retailer Choice. To encourage efforts by NEMMCO to address the key issues to enable the further development of embedded networks so that Retirement Village residents can benefit from the competition and benefits provided.
Australian Business Ltd, Australian Consumers Association, Energy Action Group, Energy Users Association of Australia, National Farmers Federation
Creation of position paper outlining NGO concerns and policy proposals in relation to the workings of the National Electricity Market, the National Electricity Market Management Company and the National Electricity Code. Includes considered statements from key NGO sectors covering the areas of Regulation and the public interest, network access, consumer protection, demand management and suppression of peak price signals.
Iain Jarrat & Queensland Consumers Association (QCA)
Attendance at MCE User Participation Working Group workshop and joint submission by Electricity Consumers Coalition of SA, Energy Consumers Coalition of Victoria and Energy Markets Reform Forum to MCE Working Group Discussion Paper "Improving User Participation in the Australian Electricity Market".
Attendance by Business SA at MCE User Participation Working Group workshop and submission to MCE Working Group Discussion Paper "Improving User Participation in the Australian Electricity Market" from a SA business consumers perspective.
The main aim of the project is ensuring user participation promotes efficient levels of production. Examining the likely responses of supply businesses to different sorts of strategies in the energy market design
Submission by the Trans Tasman Energy Group for the Retirement Villages Association Victoria to the ACCC on Extension of Victorian Full Retail Competition Derogations. Proposes extensions be varied to provide for provision of metering services for electricity consumers within embedded networks by parties other than the distribution businesses.
Submission to the Independent Panel on electricity distribution and service delivery for the 21st century. Outlines Commerce Queensland's views on the recent electricity outages in January, February and March in Queensland and suggests areas where improvements could be made.
The Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Submission to the Essential Services Commission on five key issues for consumers arising from an analysis of proposal submitted by the five Victorian electricity distribution businesses (DBs). The report focuses on a number of key issues that are judged to be of critical importance to, and will impact on costs borne by consumers. This applies particularly to distribution prices, service levels, network augmentation, demand management, capex/opex and tariff design.
To provide advice to the advocacy panel on opportunities for end users to make an effective contribution to the MCE reform program
Consumers’ Federation of Australia, Australian Consumers’ Association, Consumer Law Centre of Victoria, Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre and the Centre for Credit and Consumer Law
To provide input into the current ACCC regulatory test review with a view to ensuring that the criteria for review includes proper incentivisation and recognition of the broader public benefits afforded by investments in wind projects
Analyses of the applications and the inherent costs included in the revenue claimed, involvement in ESCoV workshops, responses to the ESCoV discussion papers and draft decision, response to the five DBs' responses to submissions by IP's.
A series of end user advocacy projects spanning a range of submissions and advocacy tasks over an 18 month period with the goal of improving end user outcomes in the National Electricity Market (NEM). The projects focus on improving the efficiency of the NEM through greater utilisation of demand management, thereby reducing electricity prices for end users while minimising greenhouse emissions
To provide advocacy and a submission to the ESC Victoria's current request for submissions that impact on the development of embedded network sector and also the Victorian Government derogation that is under consideration by ACCC
SCO has set a 2-month consultation period, including a number of public forums, on the Issues Paper and has sought submissions. attending public forums and on preparing a submission on behalf of end users.
Advocacy around the consumer advocacy arrangements for the national energy market and the need to reflect the economic importance of the energy-intensive industry sector, which accounts for one third of electricity consumed in Australia.
The MCE has issued a consultation paper for comment which is to examine the national gas market. In particular the principles which should underpin the design of the national gas market - 1.Reviewing and formally responding with end user views
Engagement of an expert to help write joint submission from TEC and Alternative Technology Association to the MCE National Framework for Electricity & Gas Distribution and Retail Regulation Forward and Issues Paper.
Submission to NEMMCO paper on Exempt Distribution Networks supporting choice of electricity retailer for consumers - including the right to choose an exempt retailer in cases where the consumer’s village has become an embedded network.
A submission to the Ministerial Council of Energy. Meetings with relevant policy-making authority/representative advocating the findings of the report for end users. Providing EUAA members with a briefing on the findings of the report.
To advocate the interests of a specific group of end-users - domestic consumers in disadvantaged households. The results of the research will provide a tool for policy development for those advocating on behalf of domestic consumers
To examine the implications of further integration with the National Electricity Market (“NEM”) for small end-users in metropolitan, regional, and rural Queensland. It will will also participate in relevant Ministerial Council of Energy (“MCE”) and Queensland Government consultations on electricity market reform, including through making written submissions in response to issues and discussion papers, and will examine the barriers to participation in the NEM for small end-users. This project would therefore be carried out in the interests of, and in consultation with, household/residential users of electricity in metropolitan, regional and remote Queensland and/or community organisations that represent those consumers.
Electricity Consumers Coalition of South Australia
Prepare a formal submission which provides support to ESCoSA for the maintenance of market risk premium and equity beta and to follow up with direct contact with the regulator of the findings underpinning the formal submission.
The aim of this project is to understand consumer perspective and appetite for uptake of a range of potential program delivery models designed to unlock the benefits of renewable energy for vulnerable consumers.
This project is to ensure that the cost to consumers of providing electricity distribution networks is the lowest possible while maintaining sufficient reliability, quality and security of supply to consumers.
Australian Energy Foundation Ltd (formerly Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd)
Increase in number of energy account holders entering and successfully exiting hardship programs, Improved relationships between customers and energy providers, Reduction of wasted energy and lower energy costs and improvement in customer satisfaction.
To reviewi the regulated revenue applying to the Victorian electricity distribution assets of TXU, AGL, PowerCor, CitiPower and Alint for setting new regulated revenue streams and to respond to the Issues Paper by 28 January 2005.
The aim of this project is that policy makers charged with designing and/or rolling out solar for renter schemes, or solar gardens, have information and evidence available to them that lay out the interests of the targeted consumer groups.
This project will use will use a large residential PV and battery data set to better understand PV-battery system performance and impact on network peaks in practice, and how the impact can be maximised to the benefit of all consumers.
Renew (formerly Alternative Technology Association)
This project uses advocacy and research to ensure consumer outcomes are considered and protected as the national energy market transforms into a decentralised, interactive platform characterised by multi directional energy flows.
Renew (formerly Alternative Technology Association)
This project will provide robust proof that a government low income solar rebate could be used to buy into a Solar Garden by ‘locked out’ electricity consumers who are potential home solar customers, via a ‘simulated’ rebate investment pilot
This project is intended to scope the potential for community scale batteries to make the benefits of batteries available to a much broader range of consumers, including renters and apartment residents
This project aims to strengthen the capacity of high-rise apartment residents, in conjunction with their Owners Corporation Committees (OCC) and building management, to improve the energy consumption of their common property.
To develop a measurement tool that captures the housing stock quality, hardship experienced, and health of Australian low-income, vulnerable energy consumers (residents) in relation to their energy use.
The project will identify the dimensions of retail electricity market competition that would be desirable to be monitored regularly and with a relatively short time lapse from collection to publication.
Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets, Uni of NSW
This project targets to reduce the electricity consumption costs for residential customers' electricity cost through the optimal customer-clustering based demand response (DR) tariff design, while still maintaining the profile of utilities.
This grant seeks funding to develop an app that predicts residential prices for each distribution electricity network in Australia to 2060. The online app will allow stakeholders to adjust variables for different future technology & transformation states.
Tasmania is on many measures the most disadvantaged state in the nation. Taking this into consideration, this project will focus on the needs of disadvantaged energy consumers in a complex and changing environment both nationally and at a State level.
Renters will have a greater understanding of how the energy market operates, enabling them to make informed choices when renting a property and connecting and managing energy supply, resulting in better consumer outcomes and lower costs.
We will analyse our findings in the context of recent policy changes and with a view to future developments. We will also identify any implications for policy and areas for future advocacy to regulators, governments, retailers or other stakeholders.
AEFwill conduct research and interviews with tax advisors, landlords, property managers & accountants to investigate the application of available tax incentives, such as negative gearing & depreciation, to energy efficiency upgrades in rental properties
AEF is applying for an Energy Consumers Australia grant to fund research into converting existing homes (residential only at this stage) that are powered by gas and electricity, to be powered entirely by electricity.
AEF plan to have average consumers road test seven popular energy monitoring options and smart meter data to understand how easy they are to install/access and understand and if this information helps us to take action.
This project will seek to build on the solid foundation established by the “Advocacy for Low Energy Homes” project, ensuring there continues to be effective consumer representation in the NCC and Trajectory processes through 2020.
This project will help improve consumer outcomes in the evolving energy market by ensuring that market and regulatory responses to technological changes and new business models are developed with thorough consideration of consumer impacts and issues.
This project seeks to consolidate knowledge of how such automation trials have contracted with consumers, analyse how trust was managed and assess the prospects of aggregated load control for Australian energy consumers.
Submission to the Victorian Government's Issues Paper on Cross Ownership Rules for the Energy Sector. concerned that the existing cross-ownership rules have not been allowed to apply to energy mergers, due to various exemptions that have been granted by the Victorian Government. The EUAA is not convinced that sole reliance on section 50 of the Trade Practices Act is sufficient to safeguard competition in energy markets and protect the long term interests of end-users.
Submission to the MCE on Consumer Advocacy Options Paper. Covers issues of Distribution and retail electricity market options, Options for end user advocacy involvement in electricity market and Options for demand side responses in the national electricity market.
Submission to the ESCoV re Electricity Distribution Price Review. EUCV assesses that the applications from the five businesses will increase costs significantly above levels it considers necessary to provide the electricity distribution service.
Submission to MCE SCO on Consumer Advocacy which discusses how the Energy Market Reform program to date is splitting these ‘best interests’ of residential consumers further into separately regulated, managed and resourced national and state activities. This submission then proposes a model for consumer advocacy in the NEM that attempts to overcome this fragmentation
Barriers to demand side response (105), Evaluation of ESC's Distribution Pricing Review Consultation Papers (107), MCE National Framework Distribution and Retail Regulation Options Paper (108), and a study to review energy efficiency (109)
To make a submission to Victorian Government's EDPR Draft Decision. In addition there is a need to respond to the consultants’ reports and to the criticisms raised regarding them by the DBs, and to the DB responses to the draft decision.
To document the links between disadvantage and exclusion from market participation, analyse the impact of proposed strategies for improving user participation on disadvantaged customers and suggest revised or additional strategies improving user participate
To document the links between disadvantage and exclusion from market participation, analyse the impact of proposed strategies for improving user participation on disadvantaged customers & improve market participation by disadvantaged consumers.
To enable consumer advocacy organisations to share information, identify areas of consensus and develop a joint response to the issues outlined in the Options Paper on the development of a national retail and distribution regulatory regime.
Funding for a fulltime NEM advocate to undertake a specific range of projects over a 12 month period. The advocate would focus on improving the balance between demand and supply through greater utilisation of DM in the National Electricity Market (NEM). The improved utilisation of DM would bring about greater efficiency and reduced electricity prices for end users while minimising greenhouse emissions.
To investigate the costs and information technology requirements to run the current market settlement and transfer system (MSATS) across the NEM and outline of the costs and the various features of MSATS that impact on customers
To undertake a comparative review of the existing and proposed accountability mechanisms operating in the national electricity market at state and federal levels and the resulting impact of recent national regime changes upon consumers intrastate.
To directly fund the position for Alternative Technology Association to employ an Energy policy Manager and will allow ATA to continue to engage in issues pertaining to distributed generation and demand side management by electricity consumers.
help develop a more harmonised and standardised contract for the sale of electricity by retailers to contestable customers. by developing information manuals for end users involved in contracting for the supply of electricity, a report
To examine the reasons behind the ETSA appeal, advocate to government and officials that the ESCoSA decision should not be varied and examine the reasons behind the cost allocation that led to increase in large consume tariffs
To carry out critical research and advocacy task, including establishing working relations with, and advocate to, the new Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC). Also there will be consultation with an array of low-income consumer groups and agencies that work with them in order to contribute to advocacy regarding the impact of reforms on low-income consumers.
To participate in NEM related policy and regulatory issues of relevance to end users and thereby to make regular, comprehensive and sound input on these matters for the benefit of its members and other end users
To participate in the ESC "end to end" project and make an original submission to the MCE on the current MSATS arrangements. Focus on highlighting the strengths and deficiencies in the publicly available information
Submission to the AEMC Initial Consultation Scoping Paper Review of the Electricity Transmission Revenue and Pricing Rules. Beneficiaries of this project include Transmission companies and generators who may bee constrained off during periods of high energy flows across the transmission system.
To nominate a representative of end users to the WEIRG. The purpose of WEIRG is to provide industry input and advice to NEMMCO on semi-dispatch, short term variations and large swings coping arrangements for wind powered generation
To research the use of pre-payment meters (PPM) by domestic end-users in Tasmania. The project will employ both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to investigate the nature and use of PPM.
To cover the next two years of the organisation's administration and operations in terms of enabling the employment of three part-time positions to undertake advocacy, administration, research, education, networking and information functions
- Building EUAA in-house database and intellectual capability. - Assist other EUAA policy and regulatory - Analysis - Provide background data and analysis to submissions - Interact with and provide advice to end users
To have lawyers and an economist review the ESC's Final Determination on distribution prices in order to provide advice as to whether there are grounds on which to appeal the decision and to have experts review the appeal by distribution busniesses
A detailed report on the financial and service performance of electricity network owners. A better understanding of how network owners translate revenue/price Determinations into tariffs. Simplify tariff setting processes
The EUAA proposes developing a model for network connection agreements that better suits end users as EUAA members have expressed concern regarding the complexity and difficulties faced in negotiating connection agreements with NSPs.
To understand, as far as is practicable, the processes involved in FRC and the associated costs to date. Advocacy will take place through a submission to the ESCOV, attendance at workshops and direct representation to the ESCOV.
To make a submission to both the AEMC Transmission Revenue Requirements Issues Paper and Transmission Pricing Issues Paper. This the second part of a 15 month consultation process on Transmission Rules, Revenue and Pricing.
To establish the extent of potential self generation in the NEM and the impediments to it and to propose changes to the NER to create equality for self generators. advocacy will be to the MCE and Rule changes would be to the AEMC.
To establish the legal grounds for an Appeal on the ESC Final 2006-2010 Distribution Business Price Determination. The EUAA has identified a number of areas were the Final Decision may be considered 'biased' against end users.
The proposed advocacy work will be with all of those organisations involved in the managing and regulating the electricity market and to employ a full time representative to provide sound advocacy on their behalf in the forums noted above
To make submissions to the AER's reset of the Powerlink revenue allowance for 2007/8 to 2011/12 and to set out the impact of Powerlink's application on a "typical" customer in a range of customer classes
To provide information Tasmanian business end-users can utilise to better understand the NEM, the NEL and the NER and their impact at the retail level and consider the competitive conditions facing Tasmanian users and assess how conditions can be improved
To review the proposed changes and, if needed, respond on behalf of end-users to the AEMC on its consideration of rule changes for the Advocacy Panel, the regulatory test, regional boundaries and Snowy regional boundary.
The purpose of the project is to respond to the AER pass through and re-opener paper issued 21/12/05. The applicant advises that the matter is of great interest to end-users as they pay the bulk of transmission network revenues.
To respond to the AEMC Issues Paper by the due date of 27/3/06. The paper seeks comment to inform the AEMC on issues that may be relevant to the review and to guide the AEMC in the consideration of the issues.
Advocacy through meetings and the media regarding the MCE-SCO Review of Decision-Making in the Gas and Electricity Regulatory Frameworks. This is to address the balance of views after media statements and lobbying from regulated business interests. The EUAA and EAG will conduct face-to-face meetings with MCE, SCO representatives and other stakeholders to ensure that end-user views are properly considered.
The applicant proposes to engage consultants to review present experience in Queensland with network agreements, seek proposals for improvement and review the NER to seek improvements that will benefit end-users
To review the competition aspects of the proposed sale of Snowy and the potential impact on the NEM and end-users. It notes that the strategic location of Snowy Hydro within the NEM could potentially impact power prices.
The purpose of the project is to respond to the AEMC Issues Paper by the due date of 27/3/06. The paper seeks comment to inform the AEMC on issues that may be relevant to the review and to guide the AEMC in the consideration of the issues.
The Project will facilitate communication and collaboration among NEM Network members, identifying appropriate areas for joint submissions, convening discussions and facilitating information sharing and decisions for the benefit of NEM Network members.
Investigate the basis for the establishment and operation of the Transmission Equalisation Adjustment (TEA) initiative and quantify the impact of the TEA scheme for Central Victorian demand tariff businesses
Submission to Reliability Panel review of the NEM reliability standard, the Tasmanian reliability and frequency standards, VOLL and the reliability safety net. MEU proposes to respond to the issues paper and to attend and present at the 27/7/06 forum. The response will include an analysis of international experience on reliability of supply issues.
To develop a DSR end user action plan and to contribute to the policy and regulatory issues associated with the DSR project. The project will include an end user education element to facilitate greater involvement by end users in DSR.
reviewing the NEM reliability standard, the Tasmanian reliability and frequency standards, VOLL and the reliability safety net. to engage a consultant to review the issues paper, participate in the consultation phase and review the RP's draft decision
Review the implications for the NEM and end users of the Qld government's proposal for the sale of the retail businesses, evaluate the likely outcome of the proposal, outline options for improving the level of competition
To assess the bidding and market conduct of the Snowy scheme and its impact on end users, evaluate the impact of the proposed sale of Snowy,report on the findings and outline options to deal with problems. Will advocate its report to governments
To engage consultants to review and comment on the transfer of distribution regulation to the AER and AEMC which will be part of the 2006 legislative package to be issued in draft form by the MCE in July 06.
The purpose of the project is to continue and to develop the NEM network that has been built up over the past two years. The Network permits consultation and co-ordination between advocates and provides training in NEM issues.
To conduct 5 seminars designed to educate advocates on various aspects of the structure and operation of the NEM with a view to enabling the advocates to better understand the impact of the NEM on consumers.
Griffith University Centre for Credit and Consumer Law
Continue to employ a policy officer/advocate to stay abreast of developments and changes to the National Electricity Law and Rules, national distribution and retail regulation arrangements, related local jurisdictional issues and in general, in the rapidly changing national energy market environment.
Griffith University Centre for Credit and Consumer Law
For a staff member who will co-ordinate the existing NEM Network, organise three roundtable meetings for NEM Network advocates, develop a consumer protection kit and write at least three submissions on NEM issues
The applicant seeks funding for the position of Energy Policy Manager within its organisation. The applicant proposes to advocate on the issue of the impact of the NEM on small distributed generation systems.
Refunding of an existing full-time position within the EUAA as a NEM specialist to focus on NEM issues relevant to end-users and to improve end-user outcomes from the NEM. The person would also be responsible for directing the NEM related work of 2 other people within the EUAA our Manager, Policy & Regulation and our Energy Analyst and assisting in their NEM related development.
respond to the ERIG draft report, ERIG consultant's reports on the quantitative aspects of various policy options and provide additional information to ERIG on issues such as the impact of reforms on business users and investment decision making.
The applicant wishes to appoint lawyers and a technical expert with expertise in regulation of distribution businesses to prepare a response to the MCE's 2006 legislative package to be issued some time early in 2007. The advocacy will be to the MCE.
Transgrid has submitted an application for a new large transmission network asset to address emerging transmission constraints in the Newcastle/Sydney/ Wollongong area. The applicant wishes to appoint consultants to provide advice
University of Ballarat, School of Science and Engineering
Rural and regional communities often experience the limits of the grid connected power supply. Support the advocacy of end users interests. Enhance the negotiating position of rural consumers. Document the experiences and views and understanding.
The purpose of the project is to respond to ERIG on its draft report to be issued 7/11/06, particularly in relation to the topics of market structure, transmission, and financial markets. The advocacy will be a written response to ERIG
To make submissions to the AER either in response to it publishing an issues paper or the issuing of transitional guidelines to be used when applying the AEMC's final (yet to be issued) Rule on setting the revenues for TNSPs
The bulletin covers the need for consumer responses over a wide range of issues involving electricity and gas. Most of the issues directly impact NEM related issues and the others involve the harmonisation of electricity and gas access regimes
Access to specialist consultant assistance in order to respond to preparing a response to the Energy Reform Implementation Group's (ERIG) draft report. This is a crucial document for the future of energy reform and its eventual recommendations will be dealt with by COAG. Strong advocacy is required on the behalf of end users to address the areas identified and counter arguments advanced by a well resourced supply side.
Grid connected rural and regional communities are participants in the Australian energy market, and yet it is evident that along with low income consumers, rural consumers benefit least from electricity market reform
Review an exposure draft of legislation designed to amend the National Electricity Law to enable the transfer of economic regulation of distribution to the AERand to implement a limited form of merits review for specified economic regulatory decisions
This application is for funds for the MEU to provide input into the AER processes for setting the VENCorp/PowerNet revenue cap. The core aspects are to provide submissions to the application, the consultants report and the draft decision.
Propose to the AEMC a change to Chapter 6 of the NER that will challenge the current level of two key parameters used in setting the Weighted Average Cost of capital (WACC) i.e. effectively the profit margin for distributors. The parameters are the Equity Beta which is set at 1.0 and Market Risk Premium of 6.0%. The EUAA argues that these levels are too high and therefore end-users of electricity are paying too much for distribution charges.
To respond to a report which the Reliability Panel (RP) is expected to issue on 15 March 2007 with a deadline for responses of 19 April. This will include analysis to ensure that the approaches suggested by the RP are both feasible for the NEM and that they will not negatively impact on consumers.
Continue the work of projects 99 and 210 in examining the implications for small-users of Queensland�s entry into the NEM. The project includes advocacy and research and will focus on responding to relevant national and state consultations on NEM issues, reviewing the introduction of FRC in Queensland, capacity building among small end-users and undertaking relevant research and liaison.
Continue the work of projects 25 and 224 by funding the position of NEM Specialist within the EUAA. Comtinuing extensive range of advocacy work on the NEM, including submissions on all significant reviews and inquiries, attending and presenting at public forums, working on NEM-related panels and committees, analysing and responding to various NEM events, analysis and monitoring of the NEM and NEM prices, and informing its members about the NEM and its impacts.
The purpose of the project is to examine and report on suitable arrangements to run a national consumer advocacy program and to fund research to see whether specific advocacy programs can be developed for residential consumers.
Prepare written responses to the AER Pricing Methodology Guidelines for Electricity Transmission Pricing - for both the initial request for input and in the finalisation of the guidelines. Personal representation to bring home customer views to the AER is also included, as the AER has already consulted a number of the network businesses in developing the guidelines.
Prepare written responses to the MCE on both elements on Bulletin #84 - n exposure draft of new Rules for the national regulation of distribution and retail activities covering both gas and electricity; and an NERA report reviewing incentives for distributed generation and demand-side response. Personal representation to bring home customer views to the MCE is also included, such as in the presentation of the issues in Bulletin #84 at the public forum on 11 may 2007.
Prepare written responses to the MCE on both elements on Bulletin #84 - exposure draft of new Rules for the national regulation of distribution and retail activities covering both gas and electricity; and an NERA report reviewing incentives for distributed generation and demand-side response. Personal representation to bring home customer views to the MCE is also included, such as in the presentation of the issues in Bulletin #84 at the public forum on 11 may 2007
Airfares for members of the National Consumer Roundtable to meet with Retail Pricing Working Group ) to discuss its composite paper on the nature, structure and content of the proposed customer protection framework for energy retail and distribution.
Undertake an analysis of recent movements in demand, supply, and the price of electricity due to recent price increases may not be entirely explained by factors such as water shortages, generator availability, demand for power & Carbon Tax
This application is for funds for the ECCSA/MEU to provide input into the AER processes for setting the ElectraNet revenue cap. The core aspects are to provide submissions to the application, the consultants report and the draft decision.
Enquiry into 1. The need and timing for base load generation in NSW to ensure system security and competitively priced generation 2. Options for base load generation 3. Timing and feasibility of technologies available
intends to examine the short to long-term impacts on large electricity users of the increased reliance on gas-fired generation to meet demand in the context of the current high prices in the NEM and future market conditions
To prepare a report on consumers’ experiences with energy retailing and to provide that report to the AEMC for the purposes of its competition review and to the MCE in relation to Rules on gas marketing.
Proposal of a forum to: 1. Deregulated electricity markets 2. Network pricing options; 3. Retail pricing issues; 4. A model of retail pricing principles; and 5. The role of demand side response in the electricity market
To respond to the AER’s proposal as RT determines whether an augmentation is efficient and prudent prior to it being incorporated into the regulated asset base and then recovered from end-users through use of system charges.
The applicant proposes to respond to a paper to be issued by SCO in mid-August. The applicant advises that SCO intends to issue a discussion paper on electricity distribution network planning and consumer connections.
To conduct an economic and technical assessment of the issues associated with the establishment of a national transmission planner and the development of a consistent national framework for network security and reliability issues.
Analysis of the potential for demand management (DM) in areas of network, interconnector and generation constraints across the NEM; A modelling of the impacts of the full utilisation of DM potential on electricity supply costs and end-user prices.
To produce a report which compares revenue caps and pricing caps as a form of regulatory control by considering their impact on demand management, end-user consumption and prices and the balance between network costs and network revenue.
to examine and report on suitable arrangements to run a national consumer advocacy program and a project specific programmes for less than 160 MWh and 10 TJ residential consumers is possible across the NEM and the disparate state gas markets.
The paper relates to the role and structure of the Australian Energy Market Operator which is to absorb the duties of NEMMCO and other bodies involved with planning functions within the gas and electricity markets.
to engage a consultant to examine the relationship of the impact of industry structure in NSW on competitive electricity prices in the context of the Owen Inquiry report and to propose a structure that will result in a competitive market structure.
The purpose of the project is to fund Joyce Fu as the advocate for two days per week in order to represent both domestic and small business consumers with non-English speaking backgrounds in NEM advocacy.
To provide a report and make oral submissions to provide an analysis of the incident and advise the AER on the views of consumers in relation to the incident and to comment on underlying practices that might be in use to spike electricity prices.
Advocacy will be on reform of the NEM, the encouragement of demand side management, renewable and distributed generation, and smart meters. Education program targeting ethnic communities with information on NEM
Advocacy on NEM issues from the point of view of small end-users, maintenance of the NEM Network database of community sector organisations and the associated NEMCHAT email forum, production of the quarterly On the Wire email and four teleconferences.
To advocate on behalf of low income and disadvantaged domestic consumers on NEM issues particularly retail policy, retail pricing and protections, hardship provisions, and demand side management and advanced metering.
Griffith University Centre for Credit and Consumer Law
To advocate on relevant issues on behalf of residential consumers interested in increasing demand side participation, greater efficiency, improved access for renewable energy and a more sustainable NEM.
The project involves the preparation of two reports – on an economic and strategic assessment of emissions trading and its impact on the NEM and on modelling of the impacts of an emissions trading scheme.
Ongoing consultation, research and advocacy on behalf of Tasmanian domestic electricity consumers on issues relating to the national energy market. The project is vital to Tasmanian consumers as it the only voice representing domestic consumers.
The purpose of the project is to engage consultants Headberry and Lim to provide assistance with a response to the AEMC review of the effectiveness of competition in the electricity and gas markets in South Australia.
Submissions and advocate on Transgrid’s application for a price reset and the associated AER reports and consultant’s reports. The submissions and advocacy will occur during the balance of 2008 and into early 2009.
The EUAA seeks funding for a licence to use the NEM Review software to monitor prices offered by generators and the availability of capacity within generators and interconnectors which will be used to support advocacy on price issues.
To enable some participants in the Roundtable meeting to attend two workshops to be staged in Melbourne by SCO. The workshops will be information and discussion sessions dealing with the proposed legislation.
To intervene as a consumer representative in an appeal in the Australian Competition Tribunal by ElectraNet against the decision of the AER to allow only $29m to be added to the ElectraNet regulatory asset base for easements allowances rather than $53m
The EUAA proposes to respond to the AER’s review of the various components of WACC. The EUAA notes that its previous experience with its Panel-funded application for a rule change on WACC will benefit and complement this new application.
The EUAA seeks funding to engage a consultant who will: 1. Prepare for and attend the meetings of the STTM Steering Group; 2. Prepare a midway ‘milestone’ report to the EUAA and a final assessment of the overall process
Ensure consumer interests are reflected in the NCC development of Part C of the Guide, which will outline the conditions by which the NCC will determine whether a pipeline should be subject to light handed regulation.
EUAA has been invited by the ACCC to comment on the implications for competition in gas production and Wholesale gas market of the proposed acquisition of Sunshine Gas by QCG, as well as the potential price impact.
To investigate consumer perceptions of impending changes to energy pricing mechanisms and determine the likely behaviours and cost minimization strategies that consumers will adopt in response to these changes
1. Produce interim report for submission to Queensland government decision on Queensland support for LNG projects outlining impact on consumers. 2. final report that expands on the issues and picks up national considerations
To undertake research and advocacy, build capacity of community sector by coordinating NEM network and publishing On the Wire newsletter, and, with CUAC, co-convening National Consumers Roundtable meetings.
Consultant advise QCOSS in order to ensure that the Queensland distribution price determination 2010-2015 provides for network services to be delivered at the lowest practical cost and minimizes tariff shocks for residential consumers.
To advocate for Tasmanian electricity and gas consumers in national energy policy and regulatory decisions, participate in the decision on the timing of the introduction of full retail competition, inform and engage the TAS community sector on NEM issues.
Critique the NECF exposure draft Law and Rules to ensure the drafts reflect the policy intent of the NECF, and support consumer advocates by providing a briefing session to members of the Roundtable and to other interested consumer representatives.
To inform consumers and SACOSS members on the key implications of market developments, and provide detailed submissions to decision-makers representing the views of SA consumers in national policy and regulatory decisions.
To enable ECC to employ a staff member for one year (1.5EFT) advocate in national policy and regulatory decisions with the aim of ensuring the views of ethnic communities and small businesses are represented in NEM reform.
National policy and regulatory reviews to bring about effective demand management and distributed generation participation, better representation of green consumer interests, and more effective integration of NEM operations and climate change policy
Through employing a full-time project officer, the project will ensure that the interests of low-income and disadvantaged consumers of electricity are considered in processes to develop and reform the NEM.
Advocate in regulatory decisions and policy processes relating to those reviews, as well as undertake research on benchmarking network businesses, impact of EEO scheme, a stocktake of energy reform, assessing the gas access regime, and gas pricing.
To enable the participants of the National Consumers Roundtable on Energy to attend the targeted workshops to be organized by the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism as well as to support the meeting costs for those participants
To run a series of workshops with those businesses now open to full retail competition (FRC) to elicit their problems/issues with the aim of producing a report targeted to the Tasmanian regulator and government to inform them about the NEM
To work with the Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre (CUAC) and other consumer organizations to assist with their representations to the AER’s review of the introduction of advance metering infrastructure in Victoria.
Develop and draw on UC services in Australia that work with disadvantaged and vulnerable people and communities, and provide input to policy development and consultative processes associated with energy accessibility, affordability and regulatory impacts
Inform the position and strategies of consumer organisations in relation to the composition of gas prices and the possible direction of future gas prices in order to enhance the effectiveness and accuracy of advocacy in relevant policy
Western Research Institute, Charles Sturt University
The project will investigate the issues faced by rural consumers in their energy consumption. Specifically the project will determine the extent of competition in the rural sector of the national energy market (NEM);
David Prins of Etrog Consulting would lead this assignment. We would also sub-contract some of the work on this assignment to Futura Consulting, which is one of the other consultancy businesses with which we have a strategic alliance.
Assess the economic impact of ownership, institutional and regulatory design on NSW distribution prices, compared with similar businesses in Victoria and Great Britain, to ensure that economic efficiency and consumer interests are adequately considered.
To enable consumer advocates’ caucusing prior to, and participation in MCE Public Forum stakeholder forum that will enable stakeholders to discuss SCO draft policy paper on consumer protections relating to smart meters in Melbourne on 14-15 September 2009
Funding is sought for travel costs to facilitate participation by Mark Henley of UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide, in the Consumer Advocacy Panel’s stakeholder forum Mapping Consumer Energy Issues 2009-2014
Funding is sought for travel costs to facilitate participation by Tom Stead of South Australian Council of Social Service, in the Consumer Advocacy Panel’s Stakeholder forum Mapping Consumer Energy Issues 2009-2014
Funding is sought for travel costs to facilitate participation by Joel Pringle of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in the Consumer Advocacy Panel’s stakeholder forum Mapping Consumer Energy Issues 2009-2014, to be held in Melbourne on 12 October 2009.
Funding is sought for travel costs to facilitate participation by Peter Sutherland (ANU College of Law & ACTCOSS), in the Consumer Advocacy Panel’s stakeholder forum Mapping Consumer Energy Issues 2009-2014, to be held in Melbourne on 12 October 2009.
Funding is sought for travel costs to facilitate participation by Peter Sutherland (ANU College of Law & ACTCOSS), in the Consumer Advocacy Panel’s stakeholder forum Mapping Consumer Energy Issues 2009-2014, to be held in Melbourne on 12 October 2009.
Funding is sought for travel costs to facilitate participation by Fiona Guthrie, AFCCRA in the Consumer Advocacy Panel’s stakeholder forum Mapping Consumer Energy Issues 2009-2014, to be held in Melbourne on 12 October 2009.
Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets, Uni of NSW
Funding is sought for travel costs to facilitate participation by Irina Cattalini, WACOSS, in the Consumer Advocacy Panel’s stakeholder forum Mapping Consumer Energy Issues 2009-2014, to be held in Melbourne on 12 October 2009.
Funding is sought for travel costs to facilitate participation by Miranda Kellett, Tasmanian Council of Social Service, in the Consumer Advocacy Panel’s stakeholder forum Mapping Consumer Energy Issues 2009-2014
Funding is sought for travel costs to facilitate participation by Tee Lim, TEC, in the Consumer Advocacy Panel’s stakeholder forum Mapping Consumer Energy Issues 2009-2014, to be held in Melbourne on 12 October 2009.
Queensland University of Technology Credit, Commercial and Consumer Law Program
Funding is sought for travel costs to facilitate participation by Kathryn Mellick, Consumer Advocate – Electricity - CCCL, in the Consumer Advocacy Panel’s stakeholder forum Mapping Consumer Energy Issues 2009-2014,
To enable QCOSS contribution to Queensland government's consideration of new tariff structures and pricing methodology through employment of part-time staff member and access to expertise on those issues through employment of a consultant
To undertake research, consultation and analysis of a range of potential hardship and performance indicators in order to advocate within the AER development of guidelines relating to hardship and performance reporting.
To support participation by ten consumer advocates in a stakeholder forum organised by the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (DRET) to consider issues arising from the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement
To provide evidence on the true cost of energy provided to a household by a) central generation and b) solar PV panels on the household roof incorporating the impact of system losses into the analysis.
To assess differences in household energy use before and after the installation of the PV system and/or a FiT, amount of electricity generated, consumed and exported by households and financial value of that electricity
To establish a tool that enables the tracking of electricity and gas tariffs in Victoria from late 2008 and provides consumer advocates in other jurisdictions with the methodology and basic tools to track tariffs
To continue and build on previous work to advocate on behalf of Tasmanian domestic energy consumers, particularly low income and disadvantaged consumers, on issues relating to the National Energy Market
build capacity for consumers and NGOs related to chronic illness and disability in order to secure a medical cooling electricity rebate and policies and programs to improve the thermal efficiency of homes for this population group.
TEC will continue to advocate for reform of the policies that guide the NEM, the National Electricity Law, the Rules and Regulations to bring about effective EE, DM and DG participation, better representation of green consumer interests
assist households within the local population to reduce their energy bills and usage, to design tool to collect data about the energy consumption and experiences of local indigenous households in fuel poverty, and to develop programs and skills
The proposed project is for a continuation of work by ACOSS, funded by the Advocacy Panel from early 2006 through mid-2010, to ensure that the interests of low income and disadvantaged residential consumers of electricity are considered
ATA is seeking to continue to expand its time commitment to, and range and outputs, to maintain our advocacy output for this class of consumers along with a greater contribution in the areas of large scale renewable energy carbon pricing / climate policy
Project focusing particularly on building on and extending small-end consumer involvement in the ongoing national energy reform program, to which the project has made significant contributions over the last two years.
The aim of Growing Regional Capacity is to strengthen our capacity to represent the needs of our member organisations (and their members) in the debate about the most efficient and equitable design of our electricity industry.
Queensland University of Technology Credit, Commercial and Consumer Law Program
FRC is still relatively new in Queensland. The market remains immature, characterised by information asymmetries, the continued disadvantage of certain classes of classes of consumers by providing advocacy and capacity building.
The aim of this project is to make sure the views of ethnic communities and small businesses are represented during the NEM reform process. ECC will continue to advocate for reform of the NEM, as well as the National Electricity Law and Rules
Investigate AEMC proposed rule change review is of significant importance for major electricity and gas and energy network users and the outcomes could result in increased costs to consumers for providing transmission network services.
The project will focus on gas and electricity infrastructure issues but will also collect information relating to other issues raised during the research. 1. Service Standards 2. 2.Extension and Augmentation of Energy Networks as a constraint
To conduct qualitative research through interviews with twelve Local Government organisations located in rural and regional areas to gather information on their concerns, gain a sense of the commonality of issues, and their prioritisation.
contribute to better informed decision-making by policymakers and regulators around access to infrastructure and the benefits of competition and to ensuring consumer protections are appropriately targeted.
Identified a need for consumer representatives to increase knowledge and skill of the AER distribution pricing review process, several areas where they can influence the outcomes more readily, opportunity to augment their skills in the area.
In direct response to the Consumer Advocacy Panel's invitation in April 2010 for research proposals concentrating on: Identifying rural and regional consumer issues in the National Energy Market (NEM).
To provide an inexperienced energy consumer advocate with sufficient understanding of the processes used, the key aspects on which to concentrate its efforts, and how to overcome the lack of information available to stakeholders.
It will utilise personal interviews, focus groups and surveys of rural and regional consumers to identify, examine and explore issues concerning the quality, costs and other features of their energy supply and use.