Consumer input vital on Evoenergy final decision: AER

Working with consumer groups has helped the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) make its final decision revising the amount of revenue Evoenergy can recover for the 2014-19 regulatory period.

“We are satisfied this decision is in the long-term interests of consumers and will promote price stability at a time where affordability is a key concern for many consumers,” said AER Chair Paula Conboy.

The remade decision means Evoenergy will be allowed to recover revenues of $815.7 million from its customers over the 2014-19 five‑year regulatory period. Our final decision accepts Evoenergy’s proposed revenue subject to modelling adjustments.

The remaking of the determination follows the end of limited merits and judicial review processes in May 2017 arising from the AER’s 2015 final decision.

In 2015, Evoenergy proposed to recover $1,036.2 million from consumers over the 2014-19 regulatory period, but the AER did not accept this amount in its determination and legal action followed. Key elements of the original determination disputed included claims of approximately $83 million for operating expenditure and $41 million in return on debt.

Ms Conboy welcomed the collaborative approach taken by Evoenergy in developing its proposal.

“Evoenergy consulted closely with consumers. Several consumer groups indicated their support for Evoenergy’s initiative and its collaborative approach in formalising its proposal.

“This outcome is an excellent example of how seeking consumer views in a revenue setting process can benefit everyone. This is the type of approach the AER is encouraging network businesses to adopt to drive more consumer-focused outcomes across national energy markets,” said Ms Conboy.

Under a separate process, the AER released its draft decision on Evoenergy’s revenue proposal for the next (2019‑24) regulatory period, in late September.

Issued date: 
15 November 2018
AER reference: 
NR 36/18
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