Essential Energy - Cost pass through - 2019-20 bushfires

Commencement date: 
6 October 2021
Effective date: 
28 September 2021
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On 28 September 2021, Essential Energy submitted a cost pass through application to the AER seeking to recover costs in relation to the 2019-20 bushfires in New South Wales. The bushfires burnt more than 3.4 million hectares in Essential Energy's network area and interrupted supply to over 104,000 customers. 

Essential Energy is seeking an increase in allowed revenue of $33.8 million to recover the costs arising from the 2019-20 bushfires. This includes costs associated with emergency response, vegetation management, asset rectification and network rebuild. 


We invite energy consumers and other interested parties to make submissions on Essential Energy's 2019-20 bushfires pass through application by close of business Tuesday, 2 November 2021.

Submissions should be emailed Attention: Sebastian Roberts, General Manager, Expenditure at

Alternatively, written submissions can be sent to:

Mr Sebastian Roberts
General Manager, Expenditure
Australian Energy Regulator
GPO Box 3131

Canberra, ACT, 2601

We will take into account submissions in deciding whether or not to grant Essential Energy's application.

We prefer that all submissions be publicly available to facilitate an informed and transparent consultative process. We will treat submissions as public documents unless otherwise requested. All non-confidential submissions will be placed on the AER's website. For further information regarding the AER's use and disclosure of information provided to it, see the ACCC/AER Information Policy.

We request parties wishing to submit confidential information:

  • clearly identify the information that is the subject of the confidentiality claim
  • provide a non-confidential version of the submission in a form suitable for publication.