Big box retailers hope to negotiate for cheaper power prices


The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to authorise members of the Large Format Retail Association (LFRA) to jointly tender and negotiate with electricity suppliers for cheaper power prices.

The ACCC has also granted interim authorisation to the LFRA, allowing members to begin the initial stages of the tendering and negotiation process while the ACCC completes its assessment.

“LFRA and its members want to jointly tender so they can pay less for their electricity,” ACCC Commissioner Stephen Ridgeway said.

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“We propose to allow this joint tendering because we expect it will lead to more competition between suppliers for the group’s combined electricity demand.”

“Collectively tendering is also likely to save the retailers time and money compared to individual negotiations for electricity supply,” Mr Ridgeway said.

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The arrangements are unlikely to cause any significant public detriments, given participating LFRA members’ aggregate demand for electricity is a very small proportion of total electricity consumption of electricity in each State and Territory.

The ACCC’s authorisation would also allow LFRA to add new members to the group in future, provided the total demand of the group does not exceed one per cent of the annual consumption of electricity any state or territory.

The ACCC’s draft determination is available here: Large Format Retail Association.