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Up, up and away…

Electricity consumers have unfortunately had to get used to different components of their bills shooting up in cost. Early in the last decade it was network charges, in 2017-18 it was wholesale energy costs as Hazelwood closed. While these and environmental charges appear more stable or even declining, there is still one rapidly rising component. …

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NEM reform: do you ignore the rules, change the rules or change the game?

The transformation from a conventional to renewables based electricity system has revealed multiple technical and operational challenges, not the least of which is the very design of the electricity market itself. There is general agreement that the existing design of the National Electricity Market is, at best, incomplete. Solving this has become an intellectual and …

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Retail price round up

July 1 is the traditional date of new prices in the NEM (except Victoria, see below). With the introduction of the default market offer (DMO), all parts of the NEM are again subject to some form of price regulation for small customers. This time, the decisions of the regulators are bolstered by the introduction of …

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