icon-electricity Retailer feed-in tariff 2014

  • Project Released: 27 Jun 2013
  • Project Closes: 31 Dec 2013
  • Contact: Nathan Petrus

Overview

The Commission reviewed the need for, or nature of, future price regulation of the Feed-in Tariff premium, payable by electricity retailers to solar PV customers.

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Final

The Commission  has finalised its review of the Retailer Feed-In Tariff  which electricity retailers must, under the provisions of the Electricity Act 1996, pay to solar photovoltaic residential and small business electricity customers whose solar photovoltaic generators feed electricity into the distribution network.

The Commission has today released its final decision in respect of the minimum retailer feed-in tariff payable by electricity retailers to customers with solar photovoltaic units.

The Commission’s final determination is that it will make a further one-year price determination setting the minimum retailer feed-in tariff at 7.6c/kWh (reducing it from the current level of 9.8c/kWh). The minimum amount fixed by the Commission is at the lower end of the reasonable range of fair and reasonable value to an electricity retailer of electricity fed-in to the distribution network. From 1 January 2014, all electricity retailers are required to pay at least that minimum retailer feed-in tariff amount to PV customers for electricity exported into the distribution network, although they may offer higher amounts.

Further, the Final Price Determination provides a mechanism that would reduce the minimum retailer feed-in tariff to 6.0 cents/kWh in the event that the carbon price is removed.

From 1 January 2014, a formal price-monitoring regime will also be implemented to monitor the extent of competition for PV customers and the incidence of payments above the mandatory minimum retailer feed-in tariff  value over the next regulatory period. Evidence provided through that process will inform the Commission’s subsequent decision as to whether to continue to set a minimum retailer feed-in tariff.

Further Info

Repeal of carbon price: impact on minimum Retailer Feed-in Tariff

24 Jul 2014

The Parliament of Australia has repealed the Clean Energy Act 2011, which abolishes the carbon price, effective from 1 July 2014. The 2014 minimum Retailer Feed-In Tariff (R-FiT) price determination incorporated a mechanism to allow the minimum R-FiT payment amount to be varied in the event of the carbon price being removed.

As this has now occurred, the carbon price component of that minimum R-FiT payment amount will no longer apply from 1 July 2014. From 1 July the minimum R-FiT payment amount will be 6.0 cents/kWh (it was 7.6 cents/kWh for the period that there was a carbon price)

All customers that export energy from qualifying solar photovoltaic (PV) generators are now entitled to receive at least 6.0 cents/kWh from 1 July 2014 until 31 December 2014. The Commission will be conducting a review of the R-FiT to apply from 1 January 2015 in the coming months.

The minimum R-FiT does not mean that electricity retailers are required to set the R-FiT at 6.0 cents/kWh – retailers can, and are encouraged to, offer payments above that amount.

South Australian consumers should compare offers from electricity retailers to ensure they have an energy contract that best suits their needs. The Australian Energy Regulator operates a free energy price comparison service (available online at www.energymadeeasy.gov.au or by calling 1300 585 165) that allows consumers to compare offers from electricity retailers in South Australia.

All documents associated with the Commission’s review of the 2014 R-FiT may be accessed from the Commission’s website (www.escosa.sa.gov.au).

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