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Jackson McDonald continues to help drive Western Australian electricity reform

30 November 2017

The WA Independent Power Association (WA IPA) today released a White Paper to support the government’s public commitment to electricity industry reform in order to secure affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for WA consumers.

Authored by Jackson McDonald partner Matthew Bowen, the White Paper was prepared with considerable thought, debate and research. It brings together the collective knowledge of WA IPA members, who have decades of experience in the WA electricity market, within both government and the private sector. This paper reflects members’ experiences from past reform processes, and also takes a forward look at where we, as an industry, need to be heading.

The White Paper emphasises the importance of consultation. Matthew Bowen notes that “Of the reforms I’ve worked on, the ones that turned out best were those with extensive, genuine industry consultation.”

He went on to say: “Electricity reform is not easy. There are many competing objectives, and the technology landscape is changing rapidly.  But reform is vital.  We need it to ensure affordable, sustainable, secure and reliable electricity supply for all WA consumers, in a way which advances the State’s interests and protects vulnerable members of society.”  He noted that the WA IPA had not presented the White Paper as offering all the answers.  “Rather, they want it to be a starting point for discussion”, he said.

The White Paper has been presented to the Treasurer; Minister for Energy Hon. Ben Wyatt, Premier Hon. Mark McGowan and other key members of Cabinet. It will also be released to the Leader of the Opposition Hon. Mike Nahan, Shadow Treasurer; Minister for Energy Hon. Dean Nalder and broader WA IPA stakeholders.

With a proud history of helping the State government and the private sector in electricity sector reform for over 25 years, and a long-standing tradition of hosting and promoting discussion on energy policy matters, Jackson McDonald was pleased to provide pro bono assistance to the WA IPA as it developed its thinking in this White Paper.

“We believe that with this White Paper, the WA IPA has made a valuable contribution towards improving WA’s electricity market, to bring benefits to electricity consumers and the State,” commented Matthew Bowen. 

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