Elec­tric­ity shocks

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

ME­DIA re­ports this week con­firmed what many Queens­land so­lar house­holds have ex­pe­ri­enced first-hand – “net­work charges” on Aus­tralian elec­tric­ity bills are among the high­est in the world. So­lar house­holds across Queens­land re­ported shock as they opened their elec­tric­ity bills from July 1 and found out they had been slugged up to $428 per year for “fixed” elec­tric­ity net­work charges. So­lar Cit­i­zens has ex­pe­ri­enced an in­crease in so­lar users across Queens­land re­port­ing that their elec­tric­ity net­work costs have es­ca­lated, re­gard­less of how much power they use from the grid. So­lar users should not be pe­nalised for em­brac­ing the fu­ture of en­ergy that the big power com­pa­nies have failed to in­vest in. This un­fair in­crease in fixed charges re­flects poor plan­ning from the net­work providers and sug­gests a cash grab for prof­its, with con­sumers left car­ry­ing the cost. To pe­nalise so­lar own­ers who are try­ing to do the right thing just doesn’t make sense. So far, over 2500 Queens­lan­ders have signed So­lar Cit­i­zens’ pe­ti­tion call­ing on the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment to in­ter­vene and stop th­ese price hikes. All home­own­ers de­serve to be treated fairly. The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment should work to re­verse th­ese un­fair net­work price hikes and never al­low it to hap­pen again. Claire O’Rourke, Na­tional Di­rec­tor, So­lar Cit­i­zens

Claire O’Rourke All home­own­ers de­serve to be treated fairly

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