Regulatory and Network Economics

Synergies is expert in economic regulation and advises a diverse range of services to regulated utilities including electricity, water, port, rail and gas infrastructure service providers, reflecting our deep understanding of economic regulatory frameworks.

We prepare expert reports in relation to access declaration application and assist in the development of access undertakings. We are also highly skilled in providing expert reports and testimony on a wide range of issues relating to price and non-price commercial disputes.

Synergies use price, revenue and costing models to assist clients understand the financial impact of investments in new and existing major economic infrastructure.

We also have experts in cost of capital analysis who advise in the appropriate cost of capital for regulatory pricing purposes, including developing detailed submissions for regulatory reviews.

Please see below for examples of our work for Aurizon, Genesee and Wyoming and APA Group.

Aurizon

Provided support in the development and review of two major access undertakings submitted to the Queensland Competition Authority.

Genesee & Wyoming

Developed an access pricing model, taking into consideration the factors that should drive the level and differentiation of access prices in relation to the Alice Springs to Darwin rail infrastructure.

APA Group

Estimated the cost of capital inputs as part of the Economic Regulation Authority’s review of APA Group’s revised access arrangement for its Goldfields gas pipeline in Western Australia.