Submission on future Renewable Energy Zones

A key recommendation from the wide-ranging Finkel Review on the national electricity market (NEM) transition to low carbon was to establish Renewable Energy Zones (REZ). The idea being that in future, grid-scale renewable energy such as new wind and solar farms, will be constructed where they are best placed to generate power, and that any additional transmission infrastructure required be built to distribute that electricity around the NEM. While Business SA supports this concept in principle, we pointed out in our submission to the AEMC’s Review of REZ that South Australian consumers should pay no more than their per capita share of new transmission infrastructure, particularly as it was predicated on meeting Australia’s national carbon reduction target. This is particularly important when the increase in electricity prices, particularly over the past two years, has had a devastating impact on SA businesses, with major spikes for both small and large market customers; bills typically increasing between 30% and 75% depending on the volume of electricity use.

Business SA lobbies on behalf of members to ensure the voice of South Australian business is heard and that we achieve the best environment in which to do business. A significant part of that lobbying effort is through written submissions we make to all levels of government and other organisations such as utility companies, either in response to formal reviews of for example, legislation, or proactively where we wish to progress a particular issue not high enough on the government’s agenda. This might include submissions before the State Budget or where say, the government is reviewing options to reduce red-tape. We also make regular submissions to the Fair Work Commission to advocate the interests of our members with respect to Modern Awards and other industrial matters.

Business SA’s policy team relies heavily on member input into our submissions to ensure that we have the most comprehensive and current perspective from members for any position we take on your behalf. So if you are asked to complete a survey, speak with a policy team member on the phone or participate in a member forum, we appreciate your involvement as it all helps to strengthen the case of business.

Submission on future Renewable Energy Zones

Date Published: May 2018

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