NSW should focus on restructuring its electricity business rather than trying to sell an old business model.
Sale of NSW electricity network needs to take into account growing take-up of solar, and the arrival of battery storage.
Leasing packages that combine storage with solar will appeal to Australian households, providing an opportunity to manage consumption and provide certainty over bills.
New suburbs and housing estates in western Sydney should have solar plus storage at the core of energy supply. That will save costs for everyone.
NSW government faces challenges as it responds to community support for rooftop solar, which is why it is taking interest in battery storage leases.
Utilities need to get serious about battery storage for solar, or risk losing their solar customers.
If rooftop solar is part of the infrastructure to generate and distribute electricity, who should paid for maintenance – the home owner or network operator?