Savings as a Service - Issue #12

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Savings as a Service - Issue #12

Today (15 March 2023) the Australian Energy Regulator and the Victorian Essential Services Commission simultaneously released their draft determinations for Default Offer pricing for the coming financial year.

The news is far from great:

From 1 July 2023, Default Offer prices are slated to rise by up to 33% in Victoria, and by between 18% to 24% across the rest of the NEM.

No matter where you live in Australia, starting from 1 July 2023, you're in for some Bill Shock.

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Brace yourself for Bill Shock

Feature story

Sadly, the retail energy bill pain is far from over, with energy consumers facing steep price increases nationwide.

The latest Default Offer news from AER and from the Victorian ESC paints a bleak picture of expected energy bill price increases on the horizon.

What's a Default Offer?

Since 1 July 2019, new regulations have replaced the old Standing Offers with Default Offers across most of the National Energy Network.

There are two kinds of Default Offers:

  • The Default Market Offer (DMO) is set by the AER for Residential and SME single and single + controlled load tariffs in NSW, SA and South East QLD
  • In Victoria, the Essential Services Commission sets the Victorian Default Offer (VDO) for single-rate and controlled-load tariffs in Victoria only

Although calculated and defined in different ways, both DMO and VDO set a cap on the price that a customer will pay if they have not entered into a Market Offer with their retailer. They also set the benchmark against which any discounts offered in Market Offers must be expressed.

Here's more information about Default Offers from Savings as a Service:

Default Offers
‘Default Offer’ prices put a cap on what retailers can charge for their standing offers, plus set the benchmark for discounting. Here’s everything you need to know

QLD, NSW, TAS & SA Default Offer increases

The price increases put forward today by the AER in its draft DMO decision for 2023-24 look grim for energy consumers, with controlled-load households in the NSW Endeavour electricity distribution zone hit hardest with a 23.7% price increase.

State Distribution Zone Resi no CL Resi with CL SME no CL
NSW Ausgrid +22.2% +21.5% +14.7%
Endeavour +20.9% +23.7% +19.9%
Essential +22.1% +21.4% +17.5%
QLD Energex +19.8% +19.5% +19.4%
SA SAPN +21.8% +21.3% +25.4%

VIC Default Offer price increases

The draft VDO update also released today has even worse news for Victorian energy consumers:

The average annual bill for domestic customers on the Victorian Default Offer would be 31.1 per cent higher ... [and] ... the average annual bill for small business customers on the Victorian Default Offer would be 33.2 per cent higher.

Things could have been even worse ...

There's no denying that the price increases in these draft determinations are ugly, and will further impact households already under increasing cost-of-living pressures, but it's actually not as bad as it might have been...

In October 2022, Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers handed down a budget that included a forecast average +50% retail energy price increase, driven largely by abrupt increases to wholesale gas and coal prices.

Budget Blues
The 2022 budget predicts a 20% increase to electricity prices this year, and a further 30% next year.

In December, the federal government intervened, capping wholesale gas prices at $12 a gigajoule and coal prices at $125 a tonne, with the intent to drive down the costs for electricity generation, and reduce the expected retailer energy price increases.

The AER chair, Clare Savage, said the increases were “significant”, but they could have been as much as 40% to 50% without the federal government’s intervention in December to cap domestic gas and coal prices.

Read it and weep

The full detail for both the AER's DMO and the Victorian VDO draft decisions for FY 2023-24 are available on their websites here :

Draft decision
Victorian Default Offer price review 2023-24 | Essential Services Commission
We are reviewing the Victorian Default Offer prices to apply from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024.

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