Published: May 02, 2012 - 03:00 PM
Carbon price and infrastructure costs lead to rise
IPART NSW, the independent pricing regulator, have proposed a 16 per cent increase in NSW electricity prices.
The regulator have blamed the proposed increase on the carbon price and rising infrastructure costs related to poles and wires.
The call for the steep increase to NSW electricity prices has prompted both the NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman Clare Petre, and also the NSW government to call for power prices to be debated urgently to fully understand the impact of any spike in electricity prices on consumers.
A rise in complaints to the Ombudsman relating to high or unpaid bills of 23% over the past 6 months has been reported.
The NSW Opposition leader, John Robertson, has stated that charities are running short of the $30 vouchers to help households pay due to the NSW Government having frozen funding for the scheme.
Alison Walter of Shoparound.com.au said that with potential rises of 16% consumers should pay close attention to their energy bills. To save money, and ensure they are getting the best deal consumers can research electricity price and always ensure they are getting the cheapest electricity price possible.
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