Key SAWIA appointment to SA Power Networks' Business Customers Reference Group

Monday, Dec 19, 2016

SAWIA’s strong representation of the wine industry over the past year has culminated in the appointment of our Environmental Project Officer Mark Gishen to the SA Power Networks' (SAPN) Business Customers Reference Group. This enhances SAWIA’s ability to influence strategic initiatives and achieve positive outcomes for the wine industry, while ensuring members are well informed.

SAWIA has strongly represented members in a range of key decisions over the past year. This includes supporting the Australian Energy Regulator's (AER) rejection of SA Power Networks’ revenue proposal, which had been criticised by SAWIA and a number of other stakeholders as being potentially disadvantageous for South Australian businesses. The Australian Competition Tribunal also rejected an appeal by SAPN over the decision last year, effectively excluding $250 million in costs from the network’s Regulatory Proposal for 2015-2020. However, SAPN is now seeking a Federal Court review of that decision.

SAWIA has been strongly representing members through the regulatory process, and we believe that SAPN’s proposal could have increased electricity prices unreasonably and had a detrimental impact on grape and wine businesses.

SAWIA will continue to actively engage with the AER, SAPN and other stakeholders, working for dependable supply and sustainable electricity prices now and in the future. For more information, SAWIA members can contact Mark Gishen.