Review of Electricity Transmission Reliability Standards
IPART has received terms of reference from the NSW Government to act in the role of economic advisor to review and recommend electricity transmission reliability standards to the Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy for TransGrid for the next regulatory control period (commencing 1 July 2018). Our terms of reference ask us to develop an economic framework to evaluate reliability standards and to use this approach to make a recommendation on what standards should apply. We provided our final report and recommendations to the Minister on 31 August 2016. The Minister will consider these recommendations before making a decision on what standards should apply. The standards we recommended include a level of redundancy and an allowance for expected unserved energy for each supply point across NSW. However, there are a number of supply points where we consider that further analysis and consultation is required before finalising the value of the expected unserved energy allowance. As a result, we have decided to release a supplementary draft report and seek submissions on a set of draft recommendations for these supply points before finalising our review. The supplementary draft report covers the expected unserved energy allowances for Inner Sydney as well as a number of other supply points in regional NSW (Broken Hill, Mudgee, Munyang, Wellington Town and Molong). Submissions on this report are due by 28 October. We expect to provide a supplementary final report to the Minister by the end of the year. All documents and models that have been released for this review are available from the Reports, Decisions & Papers.
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IPART 2015 Household survey of electricity, gas and water usage
Every few years, IPART commissions a survey of households about electricity, gas and water usage. These surveys provide background information to help us understand the context of our decisions, and to inform broader policy debates. We use analysis of our surveys to help inform our decisions on water pricing and other reviews. We also make the survey results publicly available so that other organisations can use them. The surveys ask a range of questions about each household, including what appliances they use, any energy and water concessions accessed and if a household has experienced difficulty paying their electricity, gas or water bills. The 2015 survey is our seventh household survey since 1993. We commissioned Roy Morgan Research to conduct the survey. It interviewed 4,404 households in Sydney, the Hunter, Gosford, the Riverina, and the North Coast. Our key findings include: NSW households are actively trying to reduce their electricity and water consumption, with around three-quarters of households saying they had tried to use less electricity and water over the previous five years. Around one third had tried to reduce their gas consumption. Around 80% of households said their main reason for trying to use less energy was to save money. On the other hand, the primary motivations for trying to use less water were concern for the environment and water restrictions. Only around a third said their main reason was to save money on their water bills. The likelihood of having difficulty paying a utility bill depends on a combination of low income, large household size (three or more people), high usage and/or high accommodation costs (renting or buying home). Of the households that had felt unable to pay bills, around half approached their electricity or gas supplier, and around one-third approached their water supplier. Most of these households said their supplier had helped by allowing the bill to be paid off in instalments and/or extending the bill’s due date. In a few instances, the supplier had referred the household to an emergency relief agency or a financial counsellor. There is greater awareness of NSW Government funded Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) vouchers to help with gas or electricity bills, than Payment Assistance Scheme (PAS) vouchers to help with water bills. About 5% of households had used EAPA vouchers and 2% had used PAS vouchers in the past three years. The overall rate of disconnections was low: only around 1% of all households said they had experienced a disconnection or a water flow restriction in the previous three years.
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