The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has consulted publicly on its preliminary views on the regulated revenue pricing proposals made by Energy Queensland (for Energex and Ergon Energy) for 2020 to 2025. The pricing proposals set out how revenue Energy Queensland proposes to spend on the network in the five years from 2020, and the impacts this will have on consumers bills.
Affordability is a priority for households and small businesses and is our focus in applying the long-term interests of consumers test when reviewing network revenue proposals. Energex and Ergon Energy are proposing than estimated average household bills will fall by 8.3 per cent and 7.4 per cent respectively in the first year (2020-21) of the next regulatory period; however, would trend back up over the following four years. We do not think this price path is acceptable when there appear to be opportunities for the businesses to more deeply embed contemporary risk management practices to secure greater efficiencies and further savings for consumers.
The full submission can be read here.
Referenced analysis from Dynamic Analysis can be read in Attachment A.