Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy – the electricity distributor companies that supply electricity to homes, businesses and community organisations in NSW (“the poles and wires”) – are asking people across the state about their views on what type of electricity tariffs electricity distributors will charge between 2017 – 2019.
Network tariffs charged by distributors make up about 40 per cent of the cost of electricity bills.
NSW electricity distributors must propose their 2017 – 2019 tariff structure statements to the Australian Energy Regulator in November this year.
The distributors have released an Issues Paper about their proposed tariffs. See: Electricity tariff reform in NSW An invitation to comment
From the Issues Paper, it is obvious that customers want to keep their “inexpensive accumulation meters” and don’t want Time of Use (TOU) pricing (which require interval or smart meters). For example, only 20 of Endeavour Energy’s 865,000 customers have opted so far for voluntary time of use tariffs!!
It’s in answers to the questions on TOU on Page 23 of the Issues Paper where people should raise their concerns about smart meters.
Written submissions close 9:00 am, Friday 30 October.
Information on how to submit your feedback can be found at the NSW Government website: Have your say