Newspapers around Australia today have mentioned that the recent complaints from the Greens has resulted in the chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Ron Sims, agreeing to take a closer look at the three big power companies AGL, Origin and TRUenergy, also known as gentailers.
It seems to be the case that the three energy retailers are refusing to enter into “power purchase agreements” to sell electricity generated from renewable energy competitors, which as a result has delayed the roll-out of competing renewable energy projects, in particular wind farms and solar projects.
The main concerns from the Greens were that developers seeking grants, particularly for the $1.5 billion Solar Flagships program would not be able to gain the power purchase agreements as well as the power of the three large retailers as they have significant control over the bulk of power generation and retail which affects consumers and clean energy producers.
Greens Senator, Christine Milne also mentioned that “an efficient, 100% renewable energy grid will keep power bills down, create jobs and protect the climate, but it won’t necessarily serve in the interest of the existing big players in the market,” which would motivate the gentailers to adopt those actions.
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