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Engaging with consumers: How do the energy distributors stack up?

September 18, 2018

Essential Energy has come out on top in PIAC’s first formal evaluation of the consumer engagement practices for the three electricity distribution businesses in NSW. Essential Energy, who received a 4 star rating, was closely followed by Endeavour on 3.5 … read more

AEMC review: stronger action needed by energy retailers and regulators to ensure that the market is working for consumers

June 15, 2018

Following the release of the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) 2018 Retail Energy Competition Review, PIAC’s Energy and Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program (EWCAP) has called for stronger action by energy retailers and regulators to ensure that the market is working … read more

PIAC’s Tim Harrison runner up in Gill Owen Essay Prize

February 16, 2018

Tim Harrison, from PIAC’s Energy + Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program (EWCAP), has been awarded runner-up in the inaugural Gill Owen Essay Prize for his essay Energy efficiency programs: an equitable choice. Tim’s essay outlined the links between energy inefficient dwellings … read more

Speech to ACCC electricity supply & prices inquiry public forum

August 15, 2017

Jonathon Hunyor, CEO, Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Sydney, 14 August 2017. Thank you to the ACCC for the invitation to speak this evening. We are grateful for the opportunity and commend the inclusive and rigorous approach that the Commission has … read more

Welcome news: ACCC review into electricity retail margins

March 28, 2017

PIAC has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a review into retail electricity prices in the National Energy Market, to be undertaken by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). PIAC has repeatedly called for a review into retail prices … read more

Consumers should benefit from Desalination Plant savings

November 17, 2016

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is reviewing the Sydney Desalination Plant pricing proposal for 2017- 2022. The desalination plant was built during the last major drought to provide a secure source of water in the event that Sydney’s … read more

PIAC to intervene for consumers in electricity price case

November 10, 2016

PIAC has been granted leave to intervene in the long-running legal wrangle in relation to the setting of electricity network prices in NSW. PIAC will now represent the interests of consumers in the judicial review by the Full Federal Court of … read more

Electricity retail prices too high

August 17, 2016

Research by energy economist Bruce Mountain, released this week, confirms that the big three electricity retailers (AGL Energy, Energy Australia and Origin Energy) are charging two to three times more to sell electricity in NSW, VIC, SA and QLD, where … read more

New gas rebate announced for low income households

May 31, 2016

Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts, have announced a new rebate for low-income households in NSW that use Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). The $90 Gas Rebate will be available from 1 July 2016 … read more

Electricity prices set to rise 1.5% from July

May 18, 2016

Electricity prices have been in limbo since the Australian Competition Tribunal’s decision in February that effectively put a stop to the price reductions proposed by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) last year. The AER has now sought judicial review of … read more

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