Reducing energy bills and improving efficiency

Reducing energy bills and improving efficiency

1 November 2012

© Commonwealth of Australia 2012
ISBN 978-1-74229-712-5

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Committee membership (PDF 38KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 13KB)
Executive Summary (PDF 15KB)
Part I - Introduction and background
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 31KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Report Structure

Chapter 2 - Background (PDF 470KB)

History of Australian electricity markets
The National Electricity Market
Western Australian and Northern Territory electricity markets
Australia’s electricity generation and use[53]
Context of the inquiry

Part II - Price setting and regulation
Chapter 3 - Price setting and key causes of electricity price increases (PDF 749KB)

Price setting
Key causes of electricity price increases

Chapter 4 - Regulation of the electricity market (PDF 121KB)

Regulatory framework
Economic regulation of electricity networks[3]
Criticisms of the current regulatory system
Incentives to over-invest in network infrastructure
Removing incentives to over-invest in network infrastructure
Resourcing the AER
Intent of the National Electricity Objective

Part III - Demand
Chapter 5 - Demand (PDF 654KB)

Peak demand
Demand management
Other mechanisms to reduce demand

Chapter 6 - Consumer protections (PDF 143KB)

Impact of increased electricity prices on consumers
National Electricity Objective
National Energy Consumer Framework
National consumer advocacy body
Specific protections for low income and vulnerable consumers

Unauthorised disclosure of the Chair's draft (PDF 18KB)

Investigation of unauthorised disclosure of a committee document

Additional comments from the Coalition (PDF 130KB)
Additional Comments from the Australian Greens (PDF 82KB)
Additional comments from Senator Nick Xenophon (PDF 34KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions, additional information, tabled documents and answers to questions taken on notice (PDF 22KB)

Additional information
Tabled documents
Answers to questions taken on notice

Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 16KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Select Committee on Electricity Prices
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6277 3526
Fax: (02) 6277 5818