The networks' plan to protect themselves from competition

The lobby representing power network companies wants these companies to have the power to mandate custom designed tariffs for specific customers. It's dressed up as being about protecting fairness but it creates a real risk of being used to protect them against competition from new technology.

The lobby group representing powerline and gas pipeline network businesses has called for the regulator to give them the power to unilaterally impose their own choice of tariff on particular customers such as owners of solar and battery systems, without these customers being given any choice.

This could act to undermine the financial attractiveness of such systems by shifting a large proportion of the costs of power into a fixed charge that cannot be avoided or would be very hard to avoid by a customer changing their power demand.

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