I am interested in sharing my knowledge and experience of embedded networks
In October 2018, the Victorian Government announced an election commitment to ban embedded networks in new residential apartment buildings, with appropriate exemptions for buildings that use renewable energy microgrids to deliver low-cost renewable energy to apartment buildings.
The Government’s election commitment to ban embedded networks in new residential apartment buildings was made in response to ongoing concerns that customers living in embedded networks pay higher prices and do not have access to the same level of customer protections as those who live outside of embedded networks. An Expert Panel (Panel) leading an Embedded Networks Review (Review) is developing recommendations to Government on how best to implement the ban.
The Panel is also tasked with providing recommendations to government on how to ensure that, to the fullest extent practicable, embedded network customers in existing residential settings can access the same competitive retail offers and consumer protections as on-market customers.
An Issues Paper has been released to begin formal stakeholder consultation into the Review. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning encourages stakeholders, including those who are interested in sharing their knowledge and experience of embedded networks, to make submissions to the process. Submissions will inform the development of the Panel’s recommendations to Government on how to implement its election commitment.
This is your opportunity to have your say so that implementing the ban with appropriate exemptions will ensure equitable outcomes for all Victorian energy consumers living in residential embedded networks.
The Government has gathered anecdotal evidence suggesting that there have been varying experiences and outcomes delivered to customers living in embedded networks including:
The Review is interested in receiving submissions about well-designed and operated embedded networks that pass on benefits and create positive outcomes for customers, as well as hearing about embedded networks that do not do so.
You can participate by:
In your submission, you are welcome to raise other concerns or considerations not related to the specific questions posed in the questionnaires and any other matters relevant to implementing the Government’s election commitment.
Consultation is open until 26 February 2021.
Manager, Embedded Networks Review
Energy Sector Reform
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Vic)
PO Box 500
East Melbourne VIC 8002
Email your submission to EmbeddedNetworks.Review@delwp.vic.gov.au.
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Energy Sector Reform
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Vic)
PO Box 500
East Melbourne VIC 8002
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