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‘Penalties masquerading as discounts’: Time’s up for energy bill rort

February 20, 2019

Energy retailers are set to be banned from using controversial billing practices under a crackdown on so-called discounts that consumer rights advocates say are “exploitative”. The federal government this week directed the energy regulator to look into unfair electricity and … read more

PIAC Welcomes passage of MedEvac Bill

February 15, 2019

In this edition PIAC Welcomes passage of MedEvac Bill;  Virginia Trioli to speak at 2019 Social Justice Dinner;  NSW Government plan will improve access to solar;  Federal Government must fix gaping hole in the Disability Discrimination Act;  Using technology to … read more

Submission to AEMC review of stand-alone power systems – priority 1 draft report

February 13, 2019

PIAC supports distribution network service providers (DNSPs) pursuing the least-cost option to provide regulated network services. In assessing non-network options to address a need, PIAC considers that DNSPs should consider off-grid solutions, or Stand-Alone Power Supply (SAPS), where they provide … read more

Jemena Gas Networks 2015-20 access arrangement draft remittal decision

February 12, 2019

PIAC lodged a submission to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) regarding its draft decision for the Jemena Gas Networks (JGN) 2015-20 access arrangement remittal. The AER had to remake aspects of this decision (published in June 2015) following the outcomes … read more

No interest loan plan puts roof-top solar within reach of struggling households

February 11, 2019

PIAC’s Energy + Water Consumer Advocacy Program (EWCAP) has welcomed the New South Wales Government’s commitment to provide no-interest loans for households to access solar and batteries, announced on Sunday. ‘This program will provide welcome relief for people struggling with … read more

Submission to the AER’s draft determinations and the NSW DNSPs’ 2019-24 revised proposals

February 7, 2019

PIAC responded to the AER’s draft determination and revised proposals from Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy regarding the regulated revenue for the 2019-24 regulatory period. Energy consumers are currently struggling to afford high energy bills. A combination of high … read more

Energy users could be paid to reduce use

February 5, 2019

‘Consumers could be paid for reducing the amount of electricity they use to help the grid during peak demand in an industry change being considered by the market’s rule maker…The rule change was requested by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, … read more

Submission to consultation paper on regulatory sandbox arrangements

February 5, 2019

PIAC lodged a submission to the AEMC’s consultation paper on regulatory sandbox arrangements to help develop proof-of-concept projects to help inform future regulatory reforms in light of the ongoing transformation of the electricity sector. This transformation will require energy policy … read more

Submission to Forecasting productivity growth for electricity distributors draft decision

December 18, 2018

PIAC strongly supports the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) reviewing its current practice of assuming zero productivity growth in distribution determinations. We do not consider this practice to be in the long-term interests of consumers. Consumers expect businesses to find cost … read more

Police powers: hearing today on excessive ‘bail compliance checks’

November 29, 2018

In this edition Police powers: hearing today on excessive ‘bail compliance checks’;  Report: Utility disconnections hitting struggling families hardest;  Senate Inquiry Recommends Protection for LGBT Students;  Child protection reforms pass NSW Parliament;  Thanks Macquarie Bank!;  2019 Social Justice Dinner – … read more

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