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Tariff and Concession Framework (TCF) Review 2010/2011

Overview

The Public Utilities Office (formerly the Office of Energy) ran the Tariff and Concession Framework (TCF) Review in partnership with the Western Australian Council of Social Services (WACOSS). The review examined ways to make essential electricity affordable for all Western Australians. In August 2011, the Office of Energy provided advice on the review to the Minister for Energy. This is currently under consideration. The TCF Review investigated ways to ensure that electricity used for essential services remains affordable for all Western Australians. Essential uses of energy include space and water heating, lighting, cooking and refrigeration.

Options considered by the TCF Review included the potential for alternative tariff and concession structures. The options were assessed against the following terms:

  • improve the affordability of electricity used for essential services;
  • equitably allocate electricity system and other supply costs;
  • promote energy efficiency;
  • reduce demand for electricity during peak periods;
  • provide targeted assistance to those that most require it; and
  • allow for the efficient and full recovery of the cost of supplying electricity.

The review examined using Inclining Block Tariffs (IBTs), where the price of electricity increases with consumption and IBTs with a Time of Use component. Issues that were considered in the assessment of the alternative tariff structures included the way in which they are administered, targeted and accessed.

The review assessed the range of energy affordability schemes and subsidies already available, as well as considering new ways of providing assistance. Public consultation was an important part of the review process and informed advice to the Minister for Energy. Consultation included community forums, publishing an issues paper for public comment, and running a large household survey in November and December 2011.

The survey covered both metropolitan and regional WA. It provided important data for examining relationships between household characteristics and energy use. We will publish the survey report and data in mid-2012
The Office of Energy in junction with WACOSS ran public forums in 2011 to gather feedback on WA’s residential electricity tariff and concession framework. A copy of this presentation can be found here.

In August 2011, the Office of Energy provided advice on the review to the Minister for Energy. This is currently under consideration.

More Information

For more information, visit the Public Utilities Office Tariff and Concession Framework Review website. Here you can download the issues paper, view the community forum presentation, see the forum notes and public submissions to the issues paper.

For more information on the Tariff and Concession Framework Review and WACOSS’ role in it, please contact Brent Savage, Senior Policy Officer - Essential Services at brentsavage@wacoss.org.au or (08) 9420 7222.