In a report, released last week, and commissioned jointly by the Australian Industry Group, Choice, The Energy Efficiency Council and the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the different levels of government have been blamed for a large part of the cost blowouts.
The report, compiled by Oakley Greenwood, has revealed that increased gas and coal prices, along with network infrastructure costs are to blame for the increase in power bills -- some have increased by over 50 per cent in the last five years.
“This country is rich in the natural resources that we need to generate our electricity, particularly coal and gas” said Mr Belkin. “But these resources are exposed to rising world prices, and, as a consequence, has the cost to the electricity generators. The price increases as a result of introduction of the carbon tax are minimal by comparison.”
But Mr Belkin believes that by removing government involvement in the provision and maintenance of electricity infrastructure - the poles, wires and substations, the cost of electricity supply could be reduced - a claim now supported by this new report.
“As well, the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the regulation of the Australian electricity network has prepared a draft report, in which it calls for the privatisation of State-owned network businesses” he explained.
“We need to look at removing top heavy bureaucracy, wasteful resource allocation and the current lack of accountability, and replacing it with lean, competitive operations and transparent reporting.”
“By providing Australians with a genuine electricity price comparison service (http://www.electricitywizard.com.au), we are doing what we can to help them to reduce their energy costs, but it will take real action from the both the Federal and State governments to make the big changes needed to make the biggest difference” said Belkin.
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