The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) and the Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre (CUAC) welcome the opportunity to provide feedback to the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council (COAGEC) regarding the regulation for new energy products and services in the energy marke
The requirement for authorisations and exemptions needs to be based on the provision of energy services, rather than the sale of energy. ATA appreciates that the AER only has jurisdiction to regulate for sale of energy, hence retail and exempt selling arrangements apply today only whe
A key specialist area of the ATA’s in this regard is the economic impact, both at the customer level and with respect to the dynamics of the electricity market, of distributed generation (DG). Through our work as consumer advocates on broader issues within the NEM, ATA has developed a
The primary intention behind the RET’s design was to provide least cost renewable energy investment, in particular at a time (in the early to mid 2000s) when all renewable generation sources had a significantly higher levelised cost than their traditional centralised generation counte
After approximately four years of electricity demand reduction in the national electricity market (peak and average electricity demand) it is now irrefutable that greater investment in solar PV has driven down wholesale electricity prices.
Tasmania is considering moving to a market mechanism for retail electricity where private companies provide the electricity and set the price for consumers. The theory is that competition will help keep prices down.
In ATA’s view, the AEMC should be responsible for the development of National guidelines.
Noting chapters 2.2 and 2.4 of the Draft Report, ATA generally support the proposed elements and principles for the national framework.
We question, however, the extent to which the propose
Approximately 40% of ATA’s members are based in rural and regional locations. This has given ATA excellent insight into the requirements and economics of remote and fringe of grid renewable energy systems over many years – with ATA having conducted a significant amount of research in
As a leading consumer organisation in the energy policy space, ATA plays an equally important advocacy role working with energy market participants and institutions, other energy businesses and State and Commonwealth governments to ensure that new opportunities for DSP are introduced