2013 Review of feed-in tariffs

Status
Past review
Final report
22/03/2013

The Minister for Energy and Water Supply asked us for advice, to inform the Queensland Government’s review of the Solar Bonus Scheme. On 22 March 2013, we released our final report.

Our findings

We believe it is inequitable for feed-in tariffs to provide subsidies from one group of electricity customers to another. Any future feed-in tariffs should reflect the market value of the energy exported.

As retailers have the financial benefit of on-selling exported energy, future tariffs should be funded by retailers rather than network businesses (as is the case with the Solar Bonus Scheme).

Our investigation concluded that the fair and reasonable value of electricity exported from solar panels in south east Queensland would be about 7.55 c/kWh in 2013–14. This value is lower than the retail electricity price, because retailers incur unavoidable costs when on-selling their customers’ excess solar electricity.

Retailers incur network costs, ‘green scheme’ costs, market fees, as well as being entitled to a margin.

What is left (the costs that the retailer can avoid) represents the value of solar exports to the retailer. We believe this is the fair and reasonable value.

Consistent with the view that future feed-in tariffs should reflect market value, we recommended that the Queensland Government does not fix prices for future feed-in tariffs in the competitive retail market of south east Queensland.

On 27 November, we released our draft report, which is available below.

On 24 August 2012, we released an issues paper inviting submissions from interested parties on a range of matters relevant to this review.

On 7 August 2012, the Minister for Energy and Water Supply directed us to report on a fair and reasonable feed-in tariff for small-scale solar generation in Queensland.

As part of the review, we examined approaches to estimating a fair and reasonable feed-in tariff rate and appropriate means of implementation.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
17 October 2013 Final report Report Review of Solar Feed in Tariff pdf, 1.16 Mb
17 October 2013 Other documents Media Release Fair and Reasonable Solar Feed in Tariffs pdf, 66.50 Kb
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22 March 2013 Fact sheet Solar feed in tariff review fact sheet pdf, 175.67 Kb
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17 October 2013 Draft report Estimating a Fair and Reasonable Solar Feed in Tariff pdf, 1.27 Mb
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18 October 2013 Submission A Wilson pdf, 4.19 Kb
17 October 2013 Submission AGL Energy Limited pdf, 102.85 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Clean Energy Council pdf, 200.78 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Department of Energy and Water Supply Queensland Government pdf, 451.84 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Energy Supply Association of Australia pdf, 38.79 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission EnergyAustralia pdf, 90.60 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Ergon Energy pdf, 1.28 Mb
17 October 2013 Submission G Bell pdf, 369.48 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission H Paull pdf, 4.54 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Master Electricians Australia pdf, 1.31 Mb
18 October 2013 Submission National Generators Forum pdf, 140.31 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Origin Energy pdf, 102.86 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission QCOSS pdf, 265.85 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Queensland Consumers Association pdf, 38.27 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Springers Solar pdf, 52.18 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission T Miles pdf, 12.05 Kb
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Title Document
17 October 2013 Issues paper Review Of Solar Feed in Tariff for Queensland pdf, 842.40 Kb
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Title Document
17 October 2013 Submission AGL Energy Limited pdf, 139.39 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Alternative Technologies Association pdf, 806.94 Kb
17 October 2013 Submission Australian PV Association pdf, 209.73 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Australian Solar Council pdf, 592.71 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission B Bartlett pdf, 118.44 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Clean Energy Council pdf, 136.30 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission D Maddock pdf, 47.99 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission D Rogers pdf, 37.64 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Energex Limited pdf, 3.64 Mb
18 October 2013 Submission Energy Retailers Association of Australia pdf, 339.04 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Energy Supply Association of Australia pdf, 35.73 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Ergon Energy pdf, 1.25 Mb
18 October 2013 Submission F J Cipriani pdf, 12.01 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission G Sanders pdf, 37.83 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission I Brimblecombe pdf, 40.30 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission I H C Herbert pdf, 187.66 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Infinity Solar pdf, 234.95 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission J T Russo pdf, 285.37 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission K Smith pdf, 9.28 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission L S Jones pdf, 29.41 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Origin Energy pdf, 141.37 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission PG Atherton pdf, 386.67 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission QCOSS pdf, 325.81 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Queensland Consumers Association pdf, 62.31 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission R G Hussey pdf, 32.30 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission R J Campbell pdf, 29.67 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission R Sproxton pdf, 64.75 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission S Beames pdf, 14.60 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission S Muneshi pdf, 24.12 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission S Robertson pdf, 34.46 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Solar Business Council Inc pdf, 158.23 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Solar Energy Industries Association pdf, 176.69 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission Stanwell Corporation Limited pdf, 2.45 Mb
18 October 2013 Submission Suntech Power Australia Pty Ltd pdf, 290.61 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission SunWiz Consulting pdf, 427.65 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission T Berrill pdf, 471.20 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission T Miles pdf, 13.94 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission The Solar Guys pdf, 28.14 Kb
18 October 2013 Submission TRUenergy Pty Ltd pdf, 143.33 Kb