ACCC slams dysfunctional gas market, with local gas users paying almost double the price paid by overseas buyers.
ACCC’s Rod Sims says costs of network over-investment and solar subsidies should be pushed onto taxpayers to bring electricity prices down.
ACCC again argues for the early abolition of a solar rebate, while Angus Taylor re-heats ‘big stick’ energy legislation.
Clean Energy Council slams federal government plan to underwrite new dispatchable generation, saying it grossly distorts ACCC recommendations in favour of coal-fired generation.
Don’t get too excited about the ACCC proposals on energy prices – the big players will be able to dance around them, precisely because of the huge power and protections offered them by the industry regulators, particularly around competition.
Days after ACCC calls for rooftop solar scheme to be abolished, new report identifies why more rooftop solar should be encouraged to reduce peak demand on hot days and boost system security.
ACCC calls for federal solar subsidy to be scrapped by 2021, in report that documents how consumers have been screwed by networks, generators and retailers. Its response: Kill rooftop solar, and get government to underwrite new projects that could include gas and coal.
ACCC chair says Australia’s “excessive focus on generation reliability” could wind up costing consumers more, in same way as network gold plating.
It is difficult not to lapse into despair about Australia’s energy policy morass, which is dominated by a deeply entrenched culture of half-truths, vested interests, ideology and wishful thinking.
IPART submission to energy price inquiry appears to suggest it’s OK to exploit consumers if they don’t have time or knowledge to search for discounts.