From July 1, 2014, consumers will now be slugged with a charge of 91.76 cents per day before they use one watt of electricity.
From July 1, 2014, consumers will now be slugged with a charge of 91.76 cents per day before they use one watt of electricity. Tracy Bange

READER COMMENT: The figures don't lie on electricity billing

READER COMMENT: MALCOLM Roberts, Chairman of Queensland Competition Authority, in his letter to the editor (Daily August 29) attempts to reassure the general public that electricity prices will only increase by 5.1% "for the typical residential household" this financial year.

According to my electricity bill, issued on July 11 2012, the supply charge was 28.19 cents (inclusive of the GST) daily.

From July 1, 2013, the access charge was 55.25 cents per day.

From July 1, 2014, consumers will now be slugged with a charge of 91.76 cents per day before they use one watt of electricity.

That equates to a staggering increase of 219% in two years.

If private business owners tried to inflict these exorbitant increases on their customers, they would soon be shutting their doors for the final time.

Perhaps Mr Roberts and the local politicians would care to enlighten members of the public how these increases are justified.

Could you please give a more detailed justification than "higher generation costs and the escalating cost of solar feed-in tariffs have pushed up prices".

TREVOR GRANT

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WE are all worried about the rapidly increasing cost of electricity, so many have taken steps to cut consumption.

But reduced sales have hit the energy supply companies, so they compensate by increasing prices again!

And whilst prices of around 28 cents per unit (KWH) have generally increased by less than a cent recently, the annual fixed service charge, over which we have no control, for our retirement village unit has been increased by a whopping 66% from $201.59 to $334.87.

Recourse to http://www.youcompare.com.au/energy shows that this is the same for all four electricity distributors available on the Sunshine Coast, so there is no competition in this area.

Solar power is now uneconomic since it returns only 8cpu under the Newman Government, and we can't do without a standard electricity connection even with solar panels installed.

This government has got us by the short and curlies!

TED WEBBER

 

 

TO Malcolm Roberts, Queensland Competition Authority chairman:

The $105 savings you mentioned because of the end of the carbon tax is now being recouped by the services charge.

We haven't put up our Christmas tree yet as I fell from it last year.

That service charge has left the gate open to every essential services provider.

Federal or state, we have not one politician prepared to stand up for their electorate on these blatant rip- offs.

To say gutless would be a compliment.

E WRIGHT

Sunrise Beach


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