Submission to AEMC on Coordinating Generation/Transmission Investment

With well documented electricity price rises in recent years, exacerbated by a high penetration of intermittent renewables and high gas costs, Business SA has long argued that we need to build the renewables where they are best placed to generate, subject to being facilitated by cost-effective transmission infrastructure with costs being shared on a national level. Our submission to the Australian Energy Market Commission options paper reinforced our position supporting the Finkel Review proposal for renewable energy zones, including a national planning approach, but highlighted the need to ensure extra costs were appropriately apportioned so South Australian businesses do not continue paying more than their fair share for South Australia punching above its weight on renewables.

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 to AEMC on coordinating generation/transmission investment

Date Published: November 2018

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