Embargoed 11am May 6, 2018
Ausgrid today proposed a 6% reduction in its network prices from July 1, 2019 following customer and stakeholder consultation on its 2019-24 Regulatory Proposal (the Proposal).
Ausgrid has submitted the Proposal to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) for assessment.
Ausgrid CEO Richard Gross said the Proposal sets out how much the business needs to invest in the next five years to deliver affordable, reliable and sustainable network services to its 1.7 million customers in Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter.
He said Ausgrid will provide customers a 6% reduction in network prices and then prices will remain unchanged in real terms over the next four years to 2024.
“We’ve talked to our customers, we’ve listened and we’ve cut our network prices and we will keep listening,” he said.
“At the same time, Ausgrid will make sure the network is reliable and sustainable. “We are also making sure the Ausgrid network is ready for a future where renewables and distributed energy resources play a major role in the power mix.
In the future, more households and businesses will choose to generate their own electricity and sell it back via the grid.” Mr Gross said “While affordable energy is a major concern for customers, they also expect the network to be reliable, keep the lights on and for us to help them transition to a lower carbon economy.
“The grid will become a more flexible platform, which will be at the heart of future energy exchanges and we will support this transition while continuing to put downward pressure on our prices. Ausgrid has already cut operating costs by 19% since 2013. This equates to a $76 saving per customer per year.
Overall, Ausgrid's network component of customers’ bills has reduced by 30% from July 2013. Mr Gross called for greater transparency in end use customer billing to enable customers to better understand the components contributing to their power bill.
“Customers rightly want to know how and why they are being charged for their energy and we support greater transparency in billing.” Media Release (continued) 2 “Our vision is to be a leading energy solutions provider, recognised globally and locally and we believe our approach - laid out in our proposal to the AER - sets us on that path by listening and responding to our customers’ concerns.”
Strategies outlined in the Proposal include: