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New Call For Electricity Network Reform Applauded by Electricity Wizard

Electricity Wizard says the call by Australian consumer group, Choice, for reforms to energy networks to help reduce electricity costs to be ‘long overdue’.

 
PRLog - Nov. 1, 2012 - As Australians receive their latest electricity bills begin, the first since the Carbon Tax introduction in July 2012, Electricity Wizard CEO, Alan Belkin, has once again called for a serious overhaul of the country’s energy delivery systems. The consumer advocacy group, Choice, has joined the call.

A Senate inquiry into electrical prices, with a range of reforms is currently on the table, but, says Mr Belkin, a key factor in delivering better electrical prices to consumers lies with removing governments from of the equation.

“We need to get the governments out of electricity supply, or put in a regulatory framework that is transparent, and freely available to the public so that we can see exactly where the money is going” said Mr Belkin in an interview this week.

“At the very least, the senate inquiry needs to implement recommendations that make state governments accountable for their energy supply spending decisions, including infrastructure costs and transparent tender processes.”

The lack of accountability and transparency, Mr Belkin believes is ‘jaw-dropping’.

“These are networks that have multi-billion dollar spends, and until they are called to account for this expenditure to the people who foot the bill - the public - we will continue to suffer the effects of exorbitant spending” explained Mr Belkin.

In a recent interview about the Senate inquiry, Matt Levey, head of Choice, revealed a similar view, saying “One of the reasons why electricity prices have gotten so out of control is that no one's put up their hand to own it. It sits in this grey area between state and federal governments.”

There is no doubt that the introduction of the Carbon Tax caused a media frenzy, however it has now been shown that its effect has been minimal, less than 10 percent. Electricity retailers, those who send out the accounts to consumers, have shouldered much of the burden public complaints. However, Mr Belkin says, they are not solely responsible.

“The major contributors to rising electricity prices in Australia are infrastructure costs passed on by the government-run networks, and green-schemes imposed by the governments” said Mr Belkin. “Privatizing the networks will lead to price competitiveness - something that is not possible while governments run the system.”

At the moment, the only option that Australians have is to be vigilant in comparing the different retailers costs, and Electricity Wizard (http://www.electricitywizard.com.au) offers this as a free services at ElectricityWizard.com.au

About Electricity Wizard

Electricity Wizard’s mission is to provide an easy way to find a better deal in your area. Its free electricity price comparison service (http://www.electricitywizard.com.au) has been used by over 50,000 Australians to compare rates and plans, and get a deal that best meets their needs.

The Australian gas and electricity market is one of the most competitive in the world - with dozens of companies, making it extremely difficult to know if you’re choosing the right plan for you.

When consumers contact Electricity Wizard, one of their friendly Australian staff will assess their current rates and plan, and recommend better options for their home or business from their range of preferred partners.

Best of all, the service is completely free. To find a better deal on your energy bills, in minutes, visit electricitywizard.com.au

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