Synergy retails electricity transmitted through the Western Power network. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Move, cautiously, to electricity competition: Wood

Grattan Institute energy program director Tony Wood has said the state government should proceed, but move cautiously, toward full retail contestability in the local electricity market.

Such a move would mean energy retailers were able to compete with Synergy in providing power to households in the South West Interconnected System, in the same way that gas companies did.

The current rules permit competition only at consumption levels above 50 megawatt hours a year, roughly the level of an independent supermarket.


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