In the good old days and for once, as far as I am concerned they were so far as electricity went, we had the SEC, the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, a statutory authority which generated and supplied electricity and everything in between including poles, wires, transformers and also the sales of electrical goods and even cooking lessons, on an electric stove top of course.
Now it is mostly in private hands and there are so many companies needing to make money, it is hardly surprising that electricity has become a very expensive part of our household bills. Let's have a look...
Who generates your electricity?
Most of Victoria's electricity is generated by burning dirty brown coal. These are the principal power stations where brown coal is mined
Yallourn, owned by TRUenergy, owned by CLP Power Asia, or if you like, China Light and Power company. Looks overseas owned to me, principally Hong Kong.
Morwell (Hazelwood), owned by International Power, owned by Mitsui of Japan and IPR-GDF Suez. IPR-GDF Suez is mainly French and English owned but more research in required.
Loy Yang, owned by Loy Yang Power, owners as above.
Anglesea, owned by Alcoa. Do you know what Alcoa stands for? Aluminium Company of America. Enough said.
Who distributes your electricity?
United Energy Distribution
They all get together under the banner of Energy Networks Association, ENA. I won't check who owns all these companies but you can bet there is a fair share of foreign ownership.
Who do you buy your electricity from?
Australian Power and Gas
Dodo Power and Gas
Who do you go to when things go wrong?
To resolve disputes between you and you electricity retailer, go to the Energy and Water Ombudsman, EWOV.
Who is actually in charge?
The state government is for major decisions and setting policy and there is AEMO, Australian Energy Market Operator which controls things on a day to day basis. They unscramble and rescramble the spaghetti above, buy and trade electricity, set standards and many other things.
All these companies and authorities with fingers in the pie.
It all used to be done seamlessly by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria. Sorry ex Premier Kennett and Treasurer Stockdale if I don't seem too grateful.