Why has Daniel Andrews’s connection with electricity charge rises in Victoria gone unchallenged?
On January 1 2017, with the stroke of a pen, he trebled the amount that Victorian Power Stations have to pay his government for brown coal used in the generation of electricity, this was not just a simple cash grab from the power stations, it sent a shock wave through both the cost and structure of our electricity system!.
This was a calculated strike, back at the cornerstone of the system, with continuing effects.
Do not be deceived into believing that he had nothing to do with electricity price rises in Victoria.
He has not only contributed towards causing them, but has an ongoing vested interest in price rises associated with his action.
With the hastened demise of Hazelwood in the following March the remaining power stations had to increase their prices to remain afloat.
They absorbed 15 per cent of the cost increase and passed the rest through the retailers to all consumers in Victoria.
We, the consumers, pay the retailers (who get the blame for the increases) who pay the power stations, who collect it for the government, add it to their remaining share, and pass the cash grab to Daniel, who waits, hopefully unnoticed, back at the coal face, collects the money, and laughs all the way to the bank.
The amount that we, the consumers, contribute to the Andrews Government for this increase is approximately 85 per cent of the 200 per cent impost on every tonne of brown coal used in electricity production, caused by Daniel Andrews.
Generous Daniel’s election schemes to reduce the cost of electricity and portray him as the good guy in all of this are only chickenfeed compared to his cash grab..
His $1.2 billion scheme to connect homes to solar power over 10 years will be slow to take any noticeable effect and will cost the government the reckless sum of five cents per day per head across our 6.6.million population.
Maybe less than the cost of the paper it’s written on.
So much for “What I say is what you get and what you get is what I say”.
Phil Edwards, Drouin