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The Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) is calling for expressions of interest for representatives from industry and consumer groups to join the Electricity Code Consultative Committee. The Committee provides the ERA with advice on the Code of Conduct for the Supply of Electricity to Small Use Customers. The Code applies to residential and non-residential small use…

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Tap water is one of our most important and basic necessities. Most Australians don’t have to worry about getting sick from the water they’re supplied with. The downside of ensuring safe drinking water is the lingering taste and smell of disinfectant, causing many people to opt for a water filtering system (read more here). Water treatment…

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Consumer protection regulators are running a national campaign to help consumers avoid paying extra fees to receive bills in the post. People who prefer to receive paper bills are usually seniors, consumers on a low income, or people without internet access, which means that vulnerable consumers end up paying extra just to pay their bills.…

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The Australian Energy Regulator’s revenue determination for the period 2019-2024, announced 30 April, represents a fair outcome for NSW consumers, and will help curb rising household energy bills. ‘Overall, this determination is welcome news for NSW consumers,’ said Craig Memery, Team leader in PIAC’s Energy + Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program. ‘It builds on the downward…

Read More Electricity determination important step to keep energy prices down for NSW

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Reliable, affordable, renewable energy has helped many Australians take back control of their power prices. Yet as the solar industry booms, consumer protection has not kept up. More needs to be done to protect householders, according to a comprehensive report released by Consumer Action Law Centre (Consumer Action). Sunny Side Up: Strengthening the consumer protection…

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A new Customer Hardship Policy Guideline released by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) today will bring greater clarity and consistency to the support retailers are required to provide to their customers and new penalties will apply where retailers fail to meet their obligations. “More Australian households are experiencing difficulty paying their bills. We are seeing rising levels…

Read More Hardship protections a right not a privilege

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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 the cost of living. Making finance available for up to 300,000 households with income below…

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The Australian Energy Regulator’s decision on the rate of return monopoly network businesses can earn will help create breathing space for consumers struggling with energy affordability. The CEO of Energy Consumers Australia Rosemary Sinclair said that the decision was important because the rate of return on capital accounts for around half the revenue network business…

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Over 458,000 Australian families and 39,000 small businesses are getting a better deal on their energy prices thanks to pressure from the Morrison Government on the big energy companies to put customers first. Origin Energy and Alinta have today joined AGL, EnergyAustralia, Next Business Energy, WINconnect, and PowerShop in lowering standing offers on 1 January…

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The UK and Australian energy markets are remarkably similar. In both markets a smart meter rollout is currently underway. Comparing the rights the UK regulator gives UK consumers to control their smart meter, against the total lack of control the  Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) offers Australian consumers, is enlightening. In this article by Dr Martin…

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