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In 2017, regulators should fight for consumers, not incumbents

In 2017, regulators should fight for consumers, not incumbents

Despite predictions that consumers – households and businesses – will be supplying half of all electricity needs within a few decades, the automatic reflex of the institutions that govern our electricity market remains to protect the incumbents. This needs to change.

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Battery storage rules should favour consumers, not networks

Battery storage rules should favour consumers, not networks

Batteries will supercharge the energy revolution, smoothing renewables and offering prosumers autonomy. Right now, though, the regulatory space is a bit of a Wild West.

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Networks say battery storage ring-fencing proposals "ludicrous"

Networks say battery storage ring-fencing proposals “ludicrous”

Fight looms between retailers and networks over right to install solar and battery storage in homes, businesses. Spark Infrastructure says proposed rules “ludicrous”.

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AER downgrades Victorian network allowance by $2.3bn

AER downgrades Victorian network allowance by $2.3bn

Victorian electricity networks to have revenue allowances downgraded by more than $2.3bn in 2017 – a cut that could reduce household electricity bills by up to $120 out to 2020.

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Courier Mail hails high fixed network charges, to stop rich subsiding poor

Courier Mail hails high fixed network charges, to stop rich subsiding poor

Op-ed in Murdoch-owned Brisbane newspaper argues fixed network electricity fees “fairest system” for billing households. Not by a long shot.

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Networks: Compulsory fees not 1st preference, rapid depreciation is

Networks: Compulsory fees not 1st preference, rapid depreciation is

Networks say they don’t really want to penalise people for leaving the grid. They just want to recoup their costs now, because the assets may not be so useful in the future.

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A simple rule change can save billions for power networks and their customers

A simple rule change can save billions for power networks and their customers

Money spent on helping consumers reduce demand means less money spent on substations and other infrastructure.

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Feral o'clock: Why time of use tariffs don't change family energy use

Feral o’clock: Why time of use tariffs don’t change family energy use

Research with parents reveals that many household routines are unlikely to shift in response to cost-reflective tariffs such as time of use (TOU).

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Move over big power – the micropower revolution is here

Move over big power – the micropower revolution is here

Micro-electricity producers are relatively small scale, inexpensive, and most importantly, produce little to no carbon emissions.