Utilities

Post thumbnail

Consumer advocates have welcomed the findings of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry Final Report, released yesterday. Energy Consumers Australia Acting CEO Lynne Gallagher said the final report confirms what consumers have been saying: that the electricity market is not working as it should and not delivering good value for…

Read More Consumer advocates welcome ACCC Final Report on electricity market

Post thumbnail

The Australian Energy Regulator has today put the long-term interests of households and small businesses at the centre of its draft decision on the allowed ‘rate of return’ for energy networks, Lynne Gallagher, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Energy Consumers Australia said today. “Energy prices, especially electricity prices, are too high in Australia and network…

Read More Australian Energy Regulator puts consumer interests at centre of rate of return decision

Post thumbnail

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has admitted that competition among energy retailers is not delivering ‘expected benefits’ in its annual retail energy competition review. Consumer Action Law Centre and PIAC’s Energy and Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program (EWCAP) are calling for stronger action by energy retailers and regulators to ensure that the market is working…

Read More Consumer advocate groups call for action by energy retailers and regulators

Post thumbnail

Dr Martin Gill reviews a solar installers analysis suggesting a strata complex would recover the cost of investing in a solar system in “just over 4 years” – Dr Gill’s review of the installer’s analysis raises multiped issues, read more here. The Clean Energy Council maintains a list of Approved solar installers. These installers voluntarily agree to a…

Read More Validating a solar quote

Post thumbnail

CHOICE is launching canisaveonenergy.com.au to help people tap into hundreds of dollars in electricity savings. “We’ve decided to intervene in the electricity market and cut out the commercial switching sites which are paid by energy companies to sell their products,” says CHOICE Head of Media Tom Godfrey. “Unfortunately, the electricity market has been stitched up by cosy…

Read More Can I save on energy?

Post thumbnail

Dr Martin Gill discusses how electricity retailers continue to justify their poor behaviour by claiming consumers have a choice. This is untrue. As an essential service, consumers must purchase electricity. Consumer rights to access this essential service, at a sensible price, should be protected and not turned into a “game” with a few winners and…

Read More Stop blaming consumers for electricity market failure

Post thumbnail

Energy-savvy Queenslanders with home battery storage can put $50 in their pocket from today by signing up to Australia’s first battery storage database. Queensland Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today announced the home battery database, which will also improve safety during emergencies. “Households with solar panels are starting to install batteries to store their solar…

Read More Queensland leads the way in energy storage

Post thumbnail

Energy Consumers Australia (ECA) and the Queensland Consumers Association (QCA) have welcomed the ACCC’s Preliminary Report for its Electricity Supply & Prices Inquiry. In his Preliminary Report, ACCC chairman Rod Sims has confirmed that the electricity market is not working as it should and not delivering good value for money outcomes for consumers. The QCA says this confirms what…

Read More Consumer Advocate Groups welcome ACCC’s Preliminary Report on retail electricity prices

Post thumbnail

From CFA member Queensland Consumers Association: The Queensland Consumers Association has welcomed the decision by south east Queensland (SEQ) electricity retailers to let many of their customers know that they might be able to get a better deal. Association spokesperson Ian Jarratt says this is a long overdue move that will be of particular help…

Read More Energy Retailers to Inform Consumers of Better Deals

Post thumbnail

From CFA member Energy Consumers Australia: Energy Consumers Australia is urging the CEOs of major energy retailers to develop comprehensive strategies to improve the way they support their customers ahead of their second meeting with the Prime Minister today. Energy Consumers Australia CEO, Rosemary Sinclair, said the Prime Minister’s intervention earlier this month shone a…

Read More Energy Retailers Urged to Focus on Solutions ahead of Meeting with PM