Utilities

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Customers needing life support equipment – such as kidney dialysis machines – will find it easier and cheaper to shop around for better energy deals under a new rule announced by the Australian Energy Market Commission. This is an AEMC media release, originally published on the 25th February, 2021. The change to the National Energy…

Read More New rule helps life support customers switch and save on energy plans

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Australia’s Energy Star Rating scheme provides consumers with useful information about the relative energy efficiency of a product. The more stars a product gets, the more energy efficient it is compared to other models of the same size or capacity. The energy star rating of an appliance is determined by its energy consumption, using the relevant Australian Standard for measuring energy consumption…

Read More Public comment invited on updates of the energy efficiency labelling requirements for dishwashers and dryers

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New and stronger penalties introduced under the national energy laws will provide a greater incentive for businesses to comply with laws designed to protect Australian electricity and gas consumers. This is an Australian Energy Regulator News Release The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) Chair Clare Savage said, “Consumers expect energy companies to play by the rules…

Read More Stronger penalties demand energy businesses prioritise compliance with the law

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When it commenced on 1 January 2019 the Payment Difficulty Framework (PDF) represented a major shift in the Victorian retail energy sector’s response to payment difficulty. This is an EWOV article. Under the PDF, energy retailers have been required to take a much more proactive and tailored approach when assisting financially struggling customers. Almost two…

Read More Missing the Mark: EWOV insights on the impact of the Payment Difficulty Framework

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Victoria has taken the lead among Australian states in recent years with significant reforms designed to protect Victorians from being ripped off by energy retailers and ensure people receive appropriate hardship assistance. There has been some success, but too many people are still falling through the gaps. This is a Consumer Action Media Release That’s…

Read More Victoria’s energy reforms positive but enforcement needed: Consumer Action

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The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Friday published Testing Comprehension of the Reference Price, research jointly commissioned from the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT). This research provides new insights about the ways consumers understand electricity offers and the AER and the ACCC will use these insights to consider how…

Read More New research shines light on how consumers understand electricity offers

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A new research report by the Consumer Policy Research Centre explores the global response to COVID-19, with nationwide survey of 1114 Australians showing people are drawing on limited resources just to make ends meet. 12 million Australians are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on their financial wellbeing; 1 in 5 are ‘very’ concerned Almost…

Read More 1 in 4 Australians are struggling to pay for essentials such as energy, groceries and insurance, adding to existing rent and mortgage stress

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The Public Interest Advocacy Centre, the Australia Institute, and Total Environment Centre today welcomed a ‘demand response’ reform of Australia’s electricity market that will improve reliability and reduce prices for consumers. The groups also welcome the AEMC’s decision to maintain the early, 2021 implementation date for the rule which they had advocated for. The three…

Read More Major consumer-led energy reform finalised

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The Board of Energy Consumers Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Lynne Gallagher as its interim CEO. Energy Consumers Australia Chair, Louise Sylvan AM, said Ms Gallagher was well-placed to lead the organisation for the next twelve months. “Australian households and small businesses are grappling with unprecedented economic, health and social pressures. The…

Read More Interim Energy Consumers Australia CEO Appointed

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Commenting after the COAG Energy Council meeting on Friday, Energy Consumers Australia CEO Lynne Gallagher welcomed the call for the energy sector to implement measures to relieve pressures on energy consumers.   “It is critical the energy sector moves rapidly and in a coordinated way to implement measures to ensure all households and small businesses…

Read More Energy companies’ response to COVID-19 must be rapid, coordinated and ambitious to protect consumers

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South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) today launched its report, Working to Make Ends Meet: Low-income Workers and Energy Bill Stress. The report investigates households whose main source of income is wages but who are still living below the “poverty line”. This report, based on national statistical data and South Australian case studies, is…

Read More SACOSS’ Working to Make Ends Meet Report highlights energy affordability struggles for “waged poor” households