LNP plans for cheaper power
FOR decades, the people of CQ have bemoaned the lack of competition in the electricity market.
That’s all set to change thanks to a potentially gamechanging plan revealed by Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington during her Queensland Budget reply speech yesterday.
Ms Frecklington announced her plan to bring down electricity bills by an estimated $300 by introducing competition to regional Queensland’s electricity market.
She said her party would introduce reforms to level the playing field to make the market more attractive for energy retailers to compete against Ergon, ensuring all Queenslanders could look for better deals.
“Households in regional Queensland deserve affordable energy but the government-owned Ergon Energy has a stranglehold on the market,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The LNP believes more competition in the marketplace is the best way to drive down prices and should not be restricted to the southeast corner.
“Competition drives efficiencies and cuts bills and that’s why an elected LNP Government would make extending retail competition to the whole of Queensland a priority.”
She said it was not good enough that Queenslanders north of Gympie and west of Toowoomba were treated like second-class citizens and the LNP’s plan would end Labor’s electricity divide, delivering real choice for regional communities.
Ms Frecklington said by giving regional Queenslanders the opportunity to shop around, households would save around $300 a year (based on the experience of households in the southeast where competition was strong and consumers were saving $350 to $400).
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Anthony Lynham rubbished the LNP’s plan saying “floating an idea is not policy”.