We appreciate the opportunity to comment on the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) Review of regulatory tax approach 2018, Discussion Paper (the Paper). This submission builds on our response to the issues paper and our contribution at the AER workshop on 7 November 2018.
The fundamental purpose and objective of energy networks as regulated businesses is to serve the long-term interests of consumers with respect to price, quality, reliability, safety and security of supply. This is an objective and purpose enshrined in the legislative framework as the National Energy Objective or ‘NEO’. This means that current and future consumers pay no more than they need to for the quality of services they require. Or to put it in even simpler terms, that not one dollar more than necessary is spent and not one day earlier than it is needed.
We support the AER’s process to review the tax settings in the building block model to save money for consumers. We also offer additional thoughts on how to optimise the model over time.
The full submission can be read here.