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Annual Report 2018-2019 Essential Services Commission of South Australia



Annual Report 2018-2019 Essential Services Commission of South Australia

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ESCOSA Annual Report 201819 11 second, if areas were identified where bulk grain supply chain costs were inefficient, the provision of options to address those inefficiencies. A draft report on part one of the Inquiry was provided to the Treasurer of South Australia in June 2018. The final report, incorporating both part one and two, was provided to the Treasurer of South Australia in December 2018. Request for advice on the South Australian local government rate oversight system The Local Government (Rate Oversight) Amendment Bill 2018, which was introduced into Parliament on 20 June 2018, proposed a statutory framework for the regulation of local government general rates. In light of the short timeframe proposed for the implementation of the framework, the Treasurer of South Australia sought the Commissions advice on: the preparation of a local government rate capping and variation framework, and the future operational requirements of the scheme. The Commission provided the advice to the Treasurer of South Australia on 29 November 2018. Request for advice on Distributed Energy Resources In May 2019, the Treasurer of South Australia requested advice from the Commission on the opportunities and types of actions that the South Australian Government could consider in developing a plan to provide effective coordination of distributed energy resources and related matters. The Commission provided the draft advice to the Treasurer of South Australia on 28 June 2019. Request for Advice - Competitive Neutrality In January 2019, the Treasurer of South Australia requested advice of the Commission to assist in the investigation of two competitive neutrality complaints under the Government Business Enterprises (Competition) Act 1996. The Commission commenced the provision of advice on these competitive neutrality matters during 2018-19. Regulation Water The Commission has responsibility for the economic regulation of water and sewerage retail services in South Australia. This includes water and sewerage services offered by SA Water, local government councils and private businesses across the state. The ESC Act, the Water Industry Act 2012 and the regulations under the Water Industry Act 2012 establish the Commissions regulatory powers and functions relating to the water and sewerage service industries. These powers and functions include licensing water and sewerage retail service providers, service standard setting, compliance, consumer protection, retail price regulation and performance monitoring and reporting. Collectively, the retailers licensed under the Water Industry Act provide drinking water services to approximately 777,000 properties (servicing 1.6 million people) and sewerage services to 700,000 properties (1.46 million people) in South Australia. SA Water is the largest retailer, servicing over 99 percent of total drinking water connections and 87 percent of total sewerage connections. Local government councils and private businesses, known as minor and intermediate water retailers, supply remaining customers. Water price regulation SA Water regulatory determination 2020 The Commission commenced developing, through a public consultation process, the SA Water regulatory determination 2020 framework and approach in November 2017. https://www.escosa.sa.gov.au/projects-and-publications/projects/inquiries/local-government-rate-oversight-system-consultation-paper

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