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The Energy + Water Consumers' Advocacy Program (EWCAP) is focused on the interests of resdiential users of electricity, gas and water. Read more 

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Electricity bill relief package welcome news for households doing it tough 4 Sep 2017

PIAC’s Energy + Water Consumers Advocacy Program (EWCAP) has welcomed the NSW electricity bill relief package, announced yesterday. EWCAP Team Leader, Craig Memery said that the full package, which includes a combination of rebates and discounts for low-income households and...

Speech to ACCC electricity supply & prices inquiry public forum

15 Aug 2017

Jonathon Hunyor, CEO, Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Sydney, 14 August 2017. Thank you to the ACC for the invitation to...

Australia’s natural gas price remains high as it becomes biggest LNG exporter

3 Aug 2017

Australia is on track to become one of the world’s biggest exporters of liquid natural gas – thanks to an...

Power prices: Australia has a gold-plated electricity grid that consumers can't afford

19 Jul 2017

The Australian energy system stands as a monument to vested interests. Key points: The majority of a grid owners’ income...

Electricity reform welcome: consumers need to retain a strong voice in electricity price-setting

20 Jun 2017

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has welcomed the Australian Government’s proposed reforms to reduce electricity bills, and emphasised the...

About this project

The Energy + Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program (EWCAP) represents the interests of residential consumers of electricity, gas and water in New South Wales. 

EWCAP works to enable all residential consumers, especially low-income and vulnerable households, to have access to affordable and sustainable utility services. That’s why EWCAP advocates for government policies and industry practices that minimise financial hardship and disconnections, as well as best-practice consumer protections and equitable assistance measures.

The team engages with community organisations, consumer advocates, state and federal governments, regulators and industry stakeholders within the National Energy Market (NEM). It receives policy input from a community-based reference group whose members include key representatives from various welfare organisations.

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