Productivity Commission draft 'good for solar'24th Oct 2012
The Productivity Commission has released a draft report examining Australia's electricity markets - and one organisation has come out in support for its findings.
Published earlier this month, the document highlights a number of issues with energy markets and suggests moving towards a more consumer-orientated industry.
And the Clean Energy Council (CEC) has praised recommendations set out in the report, particularly those that could benefit solar power technology.
Chief executive of the CEC David Green said that any system that puts the power in hands of customers is "good news" for everyone.
He remarked: "The more control we can give consumers in deciding when and how to use energy and from what sources – including their own, such as domestic solar – the quicker Australia's transition to a cleaner and more efficient energy system."
The CEC has already called for the introduction of smart meters and the phased removal of retail price regulations.
But Mr Green wasn't finished, and he was quick to highlight that the draft report correctly identifies problems with peak demand.
The fact that 25 per cent of retail power bills is for just 40 hours of peak demand per year is clearly an issue that needs addressing, he explained.
Posted by Bob Dawson