The experience in most other states of the move to retail contestability, threatens the ability of energy markets in those states to deliver fair and reasonable value back to owners of DG, while remaining congruent with the National Electricity Objective to act in the long term interest of consumers.
The Tasmanian Government must be aware of the dynamics of the electricity market in this regard, and legislate to ensure that fair and reasonable value for electricity generated and sold from all forms of DG technology is returned to system owners.
Click here to view the submission: Tas DTF Submission
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 proposed guidelines can “… achieve consistency in the setting of output reliability targets…” and “…allow comparability of performance across jurisdictions” (p17), given the level of discretion afforded to the Jurisdictional target setters, and to some extent individual DNSPs, under the proposed arrangements.
Click here to view the full submission: AEMC Reliability Outcomes Standards
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 this area.
Our latest research – ‘The Economics of Stand Alone Power Systems at the Fringe of the Grid’ is attached to this submission.
ATA supports the intention of the RAR program, in an area that is vastly underutilised with respect to opportunities for cost effective renewable projects.
Click here to view this submission: ARENA RAR
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 in such a way that, by achieving the aspirations of the National Electricity Objective, DSP becomes part of the solution to the problem of increasing energy prices, caused by unrealised potential efficiencies in the NEM.
ATA applauds the Productivity Commission’s draft recommendations – in particular for its recognition of the fundamental role of consumers in the future operations of the market.
Click here to view the submission: ATA Submission – Productivity Commission Review of Electricity Network Regulation – Final 291112 v1.0
ATA applauds the AEMC for their draft recommendations, and thanks the commissioners and staff for providing opportunities to contribute to this review through submissions, bilateral meetings, public forums and participation in the stakeholder reference group.
The design of tariffs should be based on considered principles that reflect the needs and interests of consumers by balancing the risks and the opportunities of energy pricing for all consumers.
ATA proposes ten principles for basic or ‘vanilla’ tariff offerings.
Click here to view the submission: ATA Submission to Power of Choice Draft Recommendations Supplementary Paper One – Pricing Principles
While ATA’s membership is diverse, many members are of above average energy literacy and keenly await opportunities for DSP. Many ATA members play an important role in the development of DSP as the ‘early adopters’ of new and emerging technology, which in the context of DSP is vital to bring about the uptake and maturation of any new technology.
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 in such a way that, by achieving the aspirations of the National Electricity Objective, DSP becomes part of the solution to the problem of increasing energy prices caused by unrealised potential efficiencies in the NEM.
Click here to view the submission: ATA Submission to Power of Choice Draft Recommendations
ATA congratulate the AEMC on their work on the Draft Advice on Energy Market Arrangements for Electric and Natural Gas Vehicles.
We feel that the Draft Advice generally reflects recognition of the key issues and opportunities that EV’s present, and the proposed changes, along with the draft recommendations of the Power of Choice Review, will go a long way facilitate the safe introduction of EVs and other forms of DSP by addressing barriers and implementing supportive measures to realise the many potential benefits to consumers.
Please click here to view the submission: ATA Submission to Draft Advice on Arrangements for Electric and Natural Gas Vehicles – Edited 191012
Efficient and effective economic regulation of NSPs, whilst of critical importance to the consumer base as a whole, is a complex area of economic policy and law and is one that ATA only has basic technical experience with.
As such, ATA, along with the members of the Small Energy Consumers Roundtable, engaged the services of a specialist consultant, Carbon & Energy Markets, to provide background information relevant to small – and mainly residential – consumers.
One area of the AEMC’s draft decisions relates to effective consumer engagement – an area that ATA and many other consumer-based organisations have significant experience with and strong views on.
Click here to view this submission: ATA AER Network Rule Change Submission – Final 051210 v1.0
ATA presents a uniquely two-fold perspective in the energy policy space: as well as directly representing all energy consumers through our support of increasing energy affordability through improvements to the energy market, we speak with authority on behalf of the growing portion of the consumer base who have an active interest in demand side participation.
While ATA’s membership is diverse, most members keenly await opportunities for DSP to emerge, and provide more opportunities to bring down the cost of energy. Many ATA members play an important role as the ‘early adopters’ of new and emerging technology, which in the context of DSP is vital to bring about the uptake and maturation of any new technology.
Click here to view the submission: Select Committee on Electricity Prices – ATA Submission FINAL
From an international perspective, the world is currently experiencing an industrial revolution in clean energy development.
Last year, $260 billion was invested in clean energy technologies internationally, with record levels of new investment in clean energy being realised each year over the past decade with the exception of 2004. In 2011, global investment in clean energy outstripped fossil fuel investment for the first time.
In the domestic context, the RET has been the most successful policy mechanism in Australia’s history at deploying low emissions electricity generation technology.
Click here to view this submission: ATA Submission – RET Review 2012 – Final 140912 v1.0