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.
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
|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|
|22 March 2013||Fact sheet||Solar feed in tariff review fact sheet||pdf, 175.67 Kb|
|17 October 2013||Draft report||Estimating a Fair and Reasonable Solar Feed in Tariff||pdf, 1.27 Mb|
|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|
|17 October 2013||Issues paper||Review Of Solar Feed in Tariff for Queensland||pdf, 842.40 Kb|
|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|