About Roxby Power
Roxby Power is a Division of Roxby Downs Council.
Council is appointed as the power distribution authority for the Roxby Downs Township under Section 18 of the Schedule to the Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) Act 1982. The Indenture Act specifies the operating and tariff principles that apply to the supply of electricity for the Township.
The supply of electricity in Australia has undergone profound change since the Indenture Act was created, with movement away from State-based authorities to a nationally networked and regulated market. In this new environment, Roxby Power acts as both a distributor and retailer of electricity. It is also responsible for public street lighting.
Roxby Power operates under a Distribution Licence issued by the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) and also reports to the Technology Regulator office within the Department of State Development.
It is exempt from holding a Retail Licence under the National Retail Energy Law. However the Exemption Notice, which is issued by the State Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy, imposes a range of conditions that closely reflect the terms of Retail Licence.
This situation also applies to BHP Billiton who is the sole licensee for retail and distribution of electricity to Olympic Dam.
BHP Billiton owns 256kV and 132kV power lines that transmit electricity from the national grid at Port Augusta to Olympic Dam. A 33kV line then serves the Roxby Township where Roxby Power takes control.
New residents are required to lodge an application for the supply of electricity. As the application form states, for new customers (ie those customers who have not established a two year good credit history with this Council), there are three payment options you can choose from. Please inform Council within 2 weeks, which option you would like to implement and complete the relevant forms.
All new accounts will be sent via email as a default. Existing accounts can opt-in for eBilling using the eBilling Opt-in Form.
For residents that require a further, more detailed explanation on these charges or to obtain a detailed discussion paper which highlights the complex issues around electricity pricing in Roxby, please contact the Council Office during office hours.
For tips on how to use electricity efficiently visit www.sa.gov.au/energysafe