Power bills to go up

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - ANTHONY GAL­LOWAY

POWER bills will spike by up to $30 from Jan­uary 1 af­ter the en­ergy reg­u­la­tor ap­proved tar­iff hikes for dis­trib­u­tors.

Elec­tric­ity com­pa­nies are scram­bling to find ways to of­fer cheaper power con­tracts as the new charges make it more dif­fi­cult to meet Fed­eral En­ergy Min­is­ter Angus Tay­lor’s de­mand to lower prices.

AusNet Ser­vices cus­tomers in north­east Mel­bourne and eastern Vic­to­ria will see their bills rise by $30, Ci­tipower and Pow­er­cor cus­tomers in cen­tral, western and in­ner Mel­bourne and western Vic­to­ria will be hit by in­creases of $14 to $16, and United En­ergy cus­tomers in south­ern Mel­bourne by $11.

Mr Tay­lor dis­tanced him­self from the AER’s de­ci­sion yes­ter­day, say­ing the Govern­ment’s pri­or­ity was to “lower power prices while keeping the lights on”.

Op­po­si­tion en­ergy spokesman Mark But­ler said the move showed the Mor­ri­son govern­ment would not meet its prom­ise to lower elec­tric­ity prices.

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