Hot summer forecast could lead to blackouts in Victoria, energy operator warns
Extreme weather forecast for summer will reduce the reliability of power supply across Australia in the coming months, with ageing coal plants becoming less reliable, the energy market operator warns.In August, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) said a worst-case scenario could see up to 1.3 million Victorian households without power on extreme weather days if supply was not improved and major generators were not repaired.
The electricity price report found that lower wholesale power prices will give the typical household a saving of a year in the next two years, offsetting a small increase in the cost of environmental schemes, which will add to bills . Wholesale prices will be driven down by an estimated 9,732MW
Regulator says cut has been driven by £2.1bn of savings it has secured from companies that run Britain's electricity network.
Household electricity bills are tipped to fall by an average of $97, as the markets reap the benefit of new generation and the falling cost of renewable energy generation.
The Australian Energy Market Commission's electricity price trends report forecast mixed results across the country.
Over the three years to 2022 NSW electricity prices are expected to shrink by 2.8 per cent each year, delivering a cumulative $108 reduction to an average household bill.
Victorian consumers are set to save $53 over the next three years, with an annual average price drop of 1.6 per cent.
Record high household debt and a slowing economy will cause MORE people to default on their mortgage next year
American credit ratings agency Moody's Investors Service predicts more Australians will struggle to repay their home loan in 2020. Australia's debt levels are second only to Switzerland.Australia's household-debt-to-income ratio already stands at a record 190 per cent, which is second only to Switzerland.
Information on the average electricity bill for a household in the UK and how to manage electric costs to reduce bills in the future. This is derived from set figures that the energy regulator Ofgem have provided for all electric suppliers to use. It’s fairly basic in its measure and is as follows
Electricity prices are set to FALL across Australia - saving some customers up to 8 a year. The AEMC report looks at the combined price of electricity generation, transmission and distribution as well as government policy schemes to estimate the cost of the total kilowatt consumption in a year.
South east Queensland electricity prices are set to fall by 20 per cent overall, delivering a cumulative $278 saving. Price falls of $27 are expected in South Australia, $102 in Western Australia, and $95 in Tasmania.
Several factors are putting downward pressure on prices. Around 5000 megawatts of new generation has entered the network, including significant renewables investment, while demand has remained flat.
The cost to retailers of the compulsory purchase of renewable generation, under the Large Scale Renewable Energy Target, is coming down as solar, wind and hydro power generation become more cost effective.
AEMC chairman John Pierce said while the analysis pointed to price falls across the grid, there was no guarantee things would go to plan.
Low-income households hit hardest with thousands of Australians stuck on expensive electricity plans
Many Australians are not looking around for a better deal on energy, with almost one million stuck on the most expensive plans. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) about 800,000 Australians are stuck on the most expensive deals.
Household electric bills for customers of Power NI are set to fall by 10.3% from April. The company has said the average annual saving will be about £50. The move has been made possible by a steady fall in the price of wholesale gas, the main fuel used in electricity generation. According to Power NI
Global electricity consumption will fall this year for the first time since 1945, according to the International Energy Agency. Three-quarters of the global decline in consumption is accounted for by industrial rather than household demand, reflecting the fall in demand from China’s
Australia's ageing fleet of coal-and-gas-fired generators can be unpredictable. Origin Energy this week delayed the return to full capacity for its Mortlake power.
"More supply puts downward pressure on prices. But it’s important to note that over a decade of analysis we have seen trends change sharply in response to factors such as sudden generator closures and implementation of new policies. As such, all price projections should be seen as just that, projections.” Mr Pierce said.
Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor said the price fall forecast showed that the Morrison government's energy plans were working.
The government had introduced a range of levers to lower energy prices and increase reliability of the electricity grid, Mr Taylor said.
"The ‘big stick’ legislation, Retailer Reliability Obligation, the Grid Reliability Fund and the Underwriting New Generation Investments program are all designed to put downward pressure on wholesale prices and deliver more reliable power to the grid to ensure the reliable, 24/7 affordable power that Australian families and businesses deserve."
In November Mr Taylor proposed new rules that would bar gas and electricity retailers from profiting off customers in financial hardship.
The changes to stop retailers charging energy consumers unreasonable fees for late payments would require retailers to limit the value of their discount offers to the cost savings they could reasonably expect to make if a customer met the payment deadline.
Capitals to hit 40C after our hottest day .
Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra are all forecast to hit 40C on Thursday, following the hottest Australian day on record. The average national temperature climbed to 40.9C on Tuesday eclipsing the record of 40.3C set in January 2013. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.