Consumer Action welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Embedded Networks Review Draft Recommendations Report.
We agree with the Panel’s vision that, “…consumers should have equal protections, market access and treatment no matter where they live or how they get their energy services.”
We also broadly support the recommendations advanced by the Expert Panel in the Draft Report to realise this vision. This includes Recommendations 1 and 2 which outline the pathway proposed by the Panel to implement the Victorian Government’s election commitment to ban embedded networks, namely through initial amendments to the General Exemption Order 2017 before a phased transition to a licensing regime which will require parties supplying and selling electricity in private networks to obtain a Local Energy Service license from the Essential Services Commission.
Our responses to the Recommendationsfrom the Draft Report, including several further recommendations, are provided below.
Read our full submission (PDF)210806 SUB – Embedded Network Review Draft Report