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BSL response to Australian Energy regulator issues paper on retail energy pricing information guidlines /

by Brody, Gerard | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2010 sent via emailSummary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes the opportunity to comment on the above issues paper.The Brotherhood believes that all Australians have a right to fair and affordable access to basic services, including energy services. Fair and affordable access to essential services helps disadvantaged and low-income people by enabling them to be part of Australia's mainstream society,and by ensuring corporate, government and community sectors all take responsibility for addressing social problems.Availability: (1)

Energy efficiency and affordability for Australian households /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Brotherhood of St Laurence ; Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011; Climate Institute 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2011Summary: Improved energy use-efficiency presents significant opportunities for individual households and for the wider community. This document outlines proposals for two national projects that would increase residential energy efficiency and bring a range of benefitsAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Energy programs and social need : presentation to Ministerial Review Committee [and] Winter energy concessions: additional comments for the Ministerial Review Committee. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 1993Description: 6 p. [5 p.].Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Paying the family bills : assisting people in financial crisis to plan and make payments for electricity services. /

by Wolstenholm, Robyn | Anglicare Tasmania.

Publisher: Hobart, Tas. Anglicare Tasmania 1999Description: 63 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references July 1998Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Powering the future : the electricity industry and Australia's energy future. /

by Johnson, Michael (ed.) | Rix, Stephen (ed.).

Publisher: Leichardt, N.S.W. Pluto Press 1991Description: 220 p. Includes bibliography.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Smart meters, smart justice? : Energy, Poverty and the Smart Meter Rollout /

by McGann, Michael | University of Melbourne. Social Justice Initiative | Moss, Jeremy.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Melbourne University 2010Description: 90 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: This project was funded by the Consumer Advocacy Panel (www.advocacypanel.com.au) as part of its grants process for consumer advocacy projects and research proposals for the benefit of consumers of electricity and natural gas.Summary: Because of the perceived advantages of smart meters in contributing to network load management and allowing for time-of-use related pricing, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) decided, in April 2007, to commit to a national mandated rollout of smart meters in jurisdictions where the potential benefits of the introduction of smart meters were estimated to outweigh costs. A key reason behind this decision was the recognised need to curtail the growth of peak period demand for electricity in order to avoid additional investment in costly generation and transmission infrastructure. ; The rollout of smart meters and the introduction of time-of-use pricing will radically reshape the way in which electricity is priced and sold in Australia and could potentially have major ramifications for the ongoing ability of low-income households to afford the electricity that they need to meet essential needs.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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The restructuring and sale of Victoria's electricity industry : is it worth it? /

by Siemon, Don | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1995Description: 63 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 1995Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

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