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  • Policy Subcategory: Fuel and energy (Biofuels and bioenergy)

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  • Preview Monitoring of electricity supply in the National Electricity Market discussion paper (PDF 442.4 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Consumer and Competition Commission on 19 December, 2018

    The NFF’s submission supports the need to better monitor the prices, profits and margins in the supply of electricity in the National Electricity Market (NEM). A failure in policy, regulatory design and competition in the electricity sector has contributed to excessive electricity prices for Australian farmers. To that effect, a transparent and robust analytical framework for monitoring is critical to safeguard the NEM to ensure adequate competition. The submission provides for consideration a number of comments as they relate to the agricultural sector, including retail price data, wholesale price, profitability and the impact of policy developments.

  • Preview Consultation on Default Market Offer Price (PDF 400.9 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Energy Regulator on 5 December, 2018

    The NFF submission supports measures to improve transparency in the market for residential and small businesses as recommended in the ACCC Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry Report. Retail offers have been opaque and confusing, preventing customers from selecting the best market offer. People in regional and rural Australia already pay significant higher power prices than those in the city so measures that improves their ability to discern retail offers are offered. However, in developing the DMO, the default price should be communicated in a way that is simple, accessible and easy to understand.

  • Preview Underwriting New Generation Investments consultation Paper (PDF 238.0 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Environment and Energy on 9 November, 2018

    The NFF’s submission supports the development of a program to underwrite new generation investments to address market failure and improve competition in the electricity market. The program follows one of the many recommendations from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry report. The NFF supports a well-designed program consistent with the intent and objectives of the ACCC’s recommendation and the submissions seeks to clarify several key aspects of the program design. These include: Transferring of risk from investors to taxpayers, the definition of ‘firmed capacity’, redevelopment of existing projects via upgrades or life extensions and its emissions reduction capacity. The NFF welcomes a program which is: technology-neutral, supports low cost dispatchable sources of electricity, and promotes competition in the market.

  • Preview National Energy Guarantee Consultation Paper (PDF 357.4 kb)
    Submitted to Energy SecurityBoard on 21 March, 2018

    The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the National Energy Guarantee Consultation Paper. Access to affordable and reliable electricity supplies for all users is paramount to maintaining the international competitiveness of Australian agriculture. NFF welcomes the Government moving to a technology neutral position in the generation sector that addresses reliability concerns and emissions reductions in a rapidly transforming national electricity system, but there remains a degree of scepticism that retail prices for agricultural customers will be lowered as a result.

  • Preview Energy Green Paper Response: Submission (PDF 815.6 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Industry on 4 November, 2014

    The NFF’s submission encourages the government to address energy related issues including rising energy costs, the need for greater transparency in energy pricing, regulation and development of resource projects, the securing of Australia’s energy supplies and the assurance that energy sector expansion occurs in a manner that complements, not compromises, Australian agriculture.

  • Preview Energy Green Paper Response: Submission (PDF 815.6 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Industry on 4 November, 2014

    The NFF’s submission encourages the government to address energy related issues including rising energy costs, the need for greater transparency in energy pricing, regulation and development of resource projects, the securing of Australia’s energy supplies and the assurance that energy sector expansion occurs in a manner that compliments, not compromises, Australian agriculture.

  • Preview Inquiry into the Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Bill 2014 and related bills: Submission (PDF 390.4 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Economics Legislation Committee on 26 June, 2014

    The NFF welcomes the opportunity to comment on the package of bills which propose amendments to the Excise Tariff Act 1921 and the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to index the rate of excise and excise-equivalent customs duty applied to fuels (the bills).

    Should the Senate decide to support the bills to index fuel excise, the NFF strongly recommends that no changes are made to remove indexation of FTCs in line with movements in excise rates.

  • Preview Energy White Paper: Submission (PDF 584.7 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 9 April, 2012

    The NFF's April 2012 submission to the Government's Energy White Paper reinforces the importance of access to relatively low cost energy in order to bolster our international competitiveness and ensure food security. The NFF urges Government to continue to focus on the important issue of fuel and energy security, which is so important to the long term competitiveness of the agricultural sector.

  • Preview Senate Committee on Fuel and Energy: Submission (PDF 504.7 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Select Committee on Fuel and Energy on 28 August, 2008

    The NFF's 28 August 2008 submission outlines the impact that fuel and energy prices are having on Australian farmers and identifying a range of initiatives that the NFF believes can help to alleviate the situation.

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