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A snapshot of electricity and gas services and their impact on households seeking emergency relief /

by Victorian Council of Social Service.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Victorian Council of Social Service 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2009 VCOSS would like to express its appreciation to the Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre (CUAC) for funding this project. Bibliography : p. 32Summary: The purpose of this research is to provide a snapshot of how households accessing emergency relief services experience and manage utilities hardship and to begin a preliminary investigation into whether the current regulatory regime for electricity and gas services in Victoria ensures that these households can maintain access to these essential services. It also includes an investigation of the impact of increased energy costs on low income households.Availability: (1)

Energy shock : confronting higher prices /

by Australian Industry Group.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Australian Industry Group 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2011Summary: This report on energy prices from the Australian Industry Group highlights the urgency of a political consensus on Australia's clean energy future, including a price on carbon and greater energy efficiency, but also adequate safeguards to prevent low-income households plunging further into poverty, according to the Australian Council of Social ServiceAvailability: (1)

Making electricity affordable : a four point action plan /

by Anglicare Tasmania.

Publisher: Hobart, Tas. Anglicare Tasmania and Tasmanian Council of Social Service 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: November 2010 Bibliography : p. 14Summary: Tasmania is facing a crisis in the affordability of electricity. Prices have risen by nearly 30% since January 2008, and a further increase of nearly 9% will occur in December 2010. In the long term, prices are expected to rise even further, with more than Availability: (1)

Our demand : reducing electricity use in Victoria through demand management /

by Sachdeva, Akaash | Monash University. Monash Sustainability Institute | Wallis, Philip.

Publisher: Clayton, Vic. Monash Sustainability Institute 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Monash Sustainability Institute report ; no. 10/4.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: August 2010 Bibliography : p. 67-71Summary: This research enquiry into demand management began as a project that linked the water, transport and energy themes of the Monash Sustainability Institute (MSI). MSI was invited to submit a working paper on demand management to the Australian Davos Connection Infrastructure 21 Summit, held in October 2008. The paper advocated a whole-of-system approach to managing demand in water, transport and electricity sectors, and proposed a set of demand management principles that drew on experience from the three sectors. Our main realisation was that the electricity sector has not yet made significant progress with demand management or efficiency, compared to the water and transport sectors, and would benefit greatly from development of a comprehensive strategy to reduce electricity consumption. The scope of this project was originally to consider improving the efficiency of electricity and water use in Victoria. Through our research we found that Victoria's urban and rural water sectors have become significantly more efficient over the past decade, and are on a trajectory to achieve even greater efficiency gains, simply because there have been strong incentives to save water. The factors driving this have included on-going drought, increasing population, an increase in water allocated to the environment and the threat of further reduced water availability due to climate change.Availability: (1)

Submission to the Australian Energy Market Commission on the consolidated rule request - National Electricity Amendment (Economic Regulation of Network Service Providers) Rule 2011

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Sullivan, Damian.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2011Description: 15 p. : ill. PDF.Other title: AEMC Rule Change — Economic Regulation of Network Service Providers (ERC0134) | A critique of the Victorian retail electricity market | BSL submission — Economic regulation of network service providers (ERC0134) | [Submission to] The Chairman Australian Energy Market Commission.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) is grateful for the opportunity to comment on the rule change proposals submitted by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and the Energy Users Rule Change Committee (EURCC) regarding economic regulation of network service providers (NSPs). The proposals identify significant deficiencies in the framework for the economic regulation of NSPs under the National Electricity Rules (NER). Among other things, as they stand, the NER have allowed major increases in investment expenditure by distribution and transmission networks, well in excess of efficient levels. These increased capital costs are being passed on to consumers, contributing to dramatic increases in residential electricity prices. Rising electricity prices are causing financial strain for many residential customers. The impact of escalating electricity prices on low-income households is particularly concerning. Low-income households are especially vulnerable to electricity price rises because they spend a greater proportion of their income on electricity and other basic needs compared to other households.Availability: (1)

Submission to the Department of Treasury and Finance : review of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program / Prepared by Damian Sullivan and Victoria Johnson (BSL)

by Sullivan, Damian | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Johnson, Victoria.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: 8 p. PDF.Other title: BSL submission to the Review of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes the review of the Victorian Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program and would be pleased to discuss the matters raised in this submission in more detail. The review comes at a time when the Brotherhood is extremely concerned about the impact of rising electricity prices on low-income, vulnerable and disadvantaged households. The recent AEMC (2010) report on electricity price movements identified that smart meters will contribute approximately 22 per cent to electricity price increases for Victorian consumers in the coming three years. We are also concerned that the accompanying introduction of new tariff structures may lead to considerable bill shock, forcing low-income, disadvantaged and vulnerable households into financial hardship. We recognise that smart meters do have potential benefits for consumers, distributors and retailers. For example, smart meters could contribute to system-wide efforts to manage electricity demand and in doing so reduce the need for future infrastructure spending. How the benefits and costs are distributed is, however, critical; to date we do not believe the right balance has been achieved. Low-income households who will have less direct benefit from the introduction of the smart meters will pay proportionately more. The Victorian Government is in a position to address this imbalance.Availability: (1)
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Submission to the Senate Select Committee inquiry on electricity prices / BSL

by Sullivan, Damian | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes the opportunity to submit our views to the Senate Select Committee on Electricity Prices. Across Australia, rising energy prices have focused people's anxieties about the cost of living. As energy prices have risen since 2007, so have the rates of financial hardship and energy disconnections. For many struggling households, the result is that they are forced to go without. Those on low and fixed income have been hit particularly hard because more of their weekly budget goes on energy bills. However, recent evidence suggests the impact of rising prices is being felt well beyond those on the lowest incomes, and notably by larger families. The BSL's core function is to work for an Australia that is free of poverty. The BSL provides a national voice on matters of poverty and disadvantage, focusing on those people at greatest risk. The BSL has seen first-hand the adverse impact of rising electricity prices on vulnerable members of our society, particularly low-income households. Addressing rising energy prices should therefore be a priority for governments. We trust the determination by the Commonwealth and state governments to address this issue will lead to meaningful changes in our energy system, with the result that consumers can benefit from reduced prices, improved consumer protections and a shift to a cleaner economy.Availability: (1)
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The boomerang paradox : how a nation's wealth is creating fuel poverty - and how to defuse the cycle /

by Simshauser, Paul | Nelson, Tim | Doan, Thao.

Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. AGL 2010Description: PDF.Other title: AGL Applied Economic & Policy Research working paper ; no. 17.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2010 Bibliography pp. 28-30Summary: A characteristic of advanced economies is continual growth in household income and plunging costs of electric appliances. In Australia, increases in household floor-space combined with power prices that are among the lowest in the world have resulted in rapid growth in peak demand. The power grid in turn requires substantial incremental generating and network capacity, which is utilized momentarily at best. As the cost of augmentation is gradually revealed, fuel poverty seems predictable. We call this the Boomerang Paradox; the nation's rising wealth has created the pre-conditions for fuel poverty. But appropriate and timely policy settings can defuse its effects.Availability: (1)

The implicit price of carbon in the electricity sector of six major economies : final report /

by Vivid Economics.

Publisher: London Vivid Economics 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: October 2010 Report prepared for The Climate Institute Bibliography : p. 93-96Summary: This report considers policies to promote low-carbon electricity generation in six major economies: Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, the UK and the US. These six countries accounted for just under half (46 per cent) of global emissions. In all six countries, including those without emissions trading schemes or carbon taxes, domestic policies are creating some financial incentive to produce low-carbon electricity and, consequently, an implicit price on carbon. The aim of this report is to capture the extent to which policy in a country increases the incentive for low-carbon electricity generation; either through increasing the price received, or reducing the costs incurred, by low-carbon generators.Availability: (1)

Transforming the electricity sector /

by Garnaut, Ross | Garnaut Climate Change Review.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Commonwealth of Australia 2011Description: PDF.Other title: Garnaut Climate Change Review update paper ; no. 8, 2011.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 54-59Summary: This paper discusses the impact of the carbon price on changes in electricity supply over time, and on prices. The effects of other sources of price increases are also examined?both those that are unavoidable, and those that may be the result of regulatory and structural imperfections in the National Electricity Market. There are signs that lower growth in demand is reducing the need for investment. In addition, improving the regulation of the electricity market would reduce pressures for price increases. It is possible that these developments could go a long way towards offsetting the addition to electricity prices of the introduction of a carbon price.Availability: (1)

Victorian energy prices : July 2010 - January 2011 : an update-report on the Victorian Tariff-Tracking Project /

by St Vincent de Paul Society.

Publisher: Box Hill, Vic. St Vincent de Paul Society January 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2011Summary: This an updated report on the Victorian Tariff-Tracking Project produced by the St Vincent de Paul Society in Victoria.To date, this project has tracked electricity and gas tariffs in Victoria from July 2008 (retail price deregulation took effect on January 1 2009) to January 2011, and developed a spreadsheet based tool that allows consumer advocates to build on the initial analysis and continue to track changes as they occur.Availability: (1)

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