In our response to the initial ElectraNet regulatory proposal for 2018-23, we said:
“Uniting Communities was invited to be a member of the ElectraNet consumer advisory panel in July – August 2015, and we were pleased to accept the invitation. We advised ElectraNet of our willingness to participate and also informed them of the recently released, at the time, report dealing with network regulatory reform that has just been released through UnitingCare Australia. The report was titled “the DNA approach to network regulation,” where DNA was an acronym for deliberation, negotiation and agreement. We told ElectraNet that we were keen to explore some of the ideas raised in this paper. They also signalled an interest in developing the regulatory proposal in a manner that gave it a high likelihood of being accepted by stakeholders, including the Regulator.

The collegiality demonstrated by ElectraNet in developing their regulatory proposal has been deeply appreciated by Uniting Communities and we are accepting of their regulatory proposal as reasonable and certainly developed in good faith with significant efforts being made to engage consumer and stakeholder views. We certainly feel that we been taken seriously over the nearly 2 years since we first talked about this particular regulatory proposal.”

The “journey” that we had taken with ElectraNet, up to that point of time was also described as important context to our subsequent consideration of specific issues relating to their revenue proposal. We ended the description of our expereince by saying:

“We conclude by again commending ElectraNet on what we regard as an outstanding effort to engage with consumers, to hear what a range of consumer interests and stakeholders had to say and most importantly to incorporate these to a significant extent, in the final regulatory proposal.”

In making this submission responding to the draft decision and revised regulatory proposal, we observe that nothing has changed. We remain very supportive of the ElectraNet revised revenue proposal and are very satisfied with the engagement that ElectraNet has maintained with us since the initial regulatory proposal was lodged.

View the full proposal here: AER ElectraNet revised revenue proposal