Statement On COAG Energy Council

19 August 2016

The Andrews Labor Government welcomes COAG Energy Councils decision to evaluate the limited merits review regime.

Currently electricity distribution businesses can appeal decisions made by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) regarding what electricity businesses may charge for network access.

This system allows large power companies to 'cherry pick' parts of the decision they oppose and appeal, while pocketing the parts they do like.

As Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change I have been concerned about the significant costs involved which are ultimately borne by consumers. That is why earlier this month I called on COAG to urgently review this process.

Between 2008 and 2012, $3.3 billion in extra revenue resulted from networks contesting the AER's decisions.

We will continue to stand up and fight to keep Victorian utility bills affordable.

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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