The F-factor scheme is a Victorian Government initiative that provides financial incentives to Victorian electricity distribution businesses to minimise the number of fire starts within their networks in high fire danger zones and times.
If the number of fire starts rises, the networks are required to pay a penalty, and if it falls, distributors may receive an incentive payment.
The AER’s role is to give effect to the incentive payments/penalties by adjusting the distributors’ allowable revenue each year accordingly in accordance with the f-factor Order.
The AER received fire start reports from the distributors for the 2020–21 reporting period. These reports have been validated by Energy Safe Victoria (ESV).
The penalty or reward rates under this scheme range from around $1.48 million per fire start in high risk areas on code-red days to $300 in low risk areas on a low fire danger day. The scheme therefore provides very strong incentives in the form of rewards or penalties to networks.
For the 2020–21 reporting period, incentive payments vary from a $9,300 reward for CitiPower with a 100 per cent urban network, to $2.48 million for Powercor with a large rural network. Overall Victorian electricity distribution businesses have received 95 per cent more in total incentive payments under the F-factor scheme in 2020–21 compared to the previous year.
Based on ESV’s validation of the reports, the AER has determined the incentive payments to the distributors for the 2020–21 period in accordance with clause 9(4) of the F-factor scheme Order 2016. These payments take the form of adjustments to the distributors’ regulated revenues for regulatory year 2023–24.
Table 1: F-factor incentive payments/penalties 2016–2021 by distributor
The distributors' 2020–21 fire start reports and ESV's validation reports are provided below.
|AusNet Services - 2020–21 fire start report ( XLSM 188.89 KB )||AusNet Services (D)|
|ESV - Validation Report - AusNet Services 2020–2021 fire start report ( PDF 990.39 KB )||Energy Safe Victoria (ESV)|
|CitiPower - 2020–21 fire start report ( XLSM 176.97 KB )||CitiPower|
|ESV - Validation Report - CitiPower 2020–2021 fire start report ( PDF 971.27 KB )||Energy Safe Victoria (ESV)|
|Jemena - 2020–21 fire start report ( XLSM 174.92 KB )||Jemena|
|ESV - Validation Report - Jemena 2020–2021 fire start report ( PDF 980.8 KB )||Energy Safe Victoria (ESV)|
|Powercor - 2020–21 fire start report ( XLSM 227.98 KB )||Powercor|
|ESV - Validation Report - Powercor 2020–2021 fire start report ( PDF 1007.3 KB )||Energy Safe Victoria (ESV)|
|United Energy - 2020–21 fire start report ( XLSX 167.31 KB )||United Energy|
|ESV - Validation Report - United Energy 2020–2021 fire start report ( PDF 969.78 KB )||Energy Safe Victoria (ESV)|