Energy + Water

Archive of posts in the 'Energy + Water' category

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

2018 AEMO Demand Forecasting Methodology – Issues Paper

November 28, 2018

PIAC lodged a submission to AEMO’s issues paper seeking comment on its demand forecasting methodology. PIAC notes that the availability, understanding and use of independent and robust forecasts play an important role in ensuring the efficient planning and operation of … read more

Struggling families cut off from utilities being pushed further into debt, new report shows

November 22, 2018

‘Struggling families without electricity are cutting back on groceries, maxing credit cards, ­delaying medical appointments and even getting loans from pawnbrokers to get reconnected to the grid.’ ‘A new report on electricity, gas and water disconnections has found utility companies … read more

Report: Utility disconnections hitting struggling families hardest

November 22, 2018

A new report on electricity, gas and water disconnections has found disconnecting people from utilities because they can’t afford to pay their bills hurts families that are already struggling, worsens the hardship experienced by people who are already living with … read more

Close to the Edge – a Qualitative & Quantitative Study

November 21, 2018

Close to the Edge is the fourth report in PIAC’s Cut Off research series which explore the impact of utility disconnection for NSW households. The research examines the factors that contribute to household disconnection from electricity and gas and restriction … read more

Submission to Public Consultation Paper on Underwriting New Generation Investments

November 9, 2018

PIAC lodged a submission to the Commonwealth Government’s consultation paper on its proposed program to underwrite new generation investments. Recommendation 4 of the ACCC report into electricity supply, which serves as the basis for this program, intended to facilitate economic … read more

Review of Essential Energy’s prices for water and sewerage services in Broken Hill (IPART)

November 5, 2018

There are a number of challenges for pricing water and sewerage services in Broken Hill due to the high cost of delivering these services (a remote and arid location with a new pipeline), the need for high water use (a … read more

Pin It on Pinterest