Driving market reform

For more choice and better service in WA

Perth Energy has been at the forefront of the WA electricity industry reform process since its inception. We operate in the South West Interconnected System (SWIS), stretching from Kalbarri north of Perth to Kalgoorlie-Boulder in the Eastern Goldfields and south to Albany. The SWIS represents 90% of the WA power market.

The below demonstrates the current relationship between electricity suppliers, retailers and customers in Perth and Western Australia on the SWIS.

Total electricity cost in WA is made up of many components, including generation (comprising of capacity and energy), network, environmental, market operation and retail costs. Each of these costs are individually determined by key regulators in the industry and generators, such as Western Power and the Australia Market Energy Operator (AEMO).

As a state government licensed electricity retailer, Perth Energy offers WA businesses a supply choice, greater flexibility and value-added services at competitive rates. We source power from the same generation sources as all other WA retailers, ensuring the same safe and reliable electricity supply for our customers.

Changing the way WA buys and sells energy

Perth Energy has assisted Government with market reform programs since its inception. We established and chaired the Independent Power Advisory Group (IPAG) in 2000-5 to link industry with Government in formulating industry restructure, and the Group's work and achievement has been well documented in Hansards and industry records. This work led to the establishment of the Wholesale Electricity Market in 2006.

We've been a key participant in various industry working groups over the last 15 years, including the Electricity Reform Taskforce and Renewable Energy Access Working Group that laid the groundwork for a revamp of the access rules governing sustainable energy in the early 2000s.

We are continuing with this work today as a member of WA Independent Power Association (WA IPA), the Government-chaired Energy Reference Group and the AEMO's Market Advisory Committee. We actively help communicate the workings of the Wholesale Electricity Market Rules to consumer groups through our membership of the CCI-WA Energy Reference Group, Climate Change Committee and other business organisations.

Media Contact

To learn more about our efforts and progress in driving market reform, or for insights and quotes on issues affecting the WA electricity market, please contact our press team.

press@perthenergy.com.au