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The pre-election plan to cut power bills

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) and the Member for Bulimba Di Farmer attend the official opening of the Noja Power factory in Brisbane, Thursday, October 19, 2017.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) and the Member for Bulimba Di Farmer attend the official opening of the Noja Power factory in Brisbane, Thursday, October 19, 2017. AAP Image - Dan Peled

DIVIDENDS from Queensland's government-owned power corporations will be used to help deliver cheaper power bills for consumers in a major pre-Election sweetener announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

About $300 million will be diverted to an "affordable energy plan" from January 1 which includes a range of rebates.

Consumers will be offered rebates of up to $300 if they purchase energy-efficient appliances including up to $50 a year for fridges and washing machines and $135 a year for airconditioners.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a pre-election energy plan to help Queensland households save money on their power pills. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a pre-election energy plan to help Queensland households save money on their power pills. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England

Ms Palaszczuk said $50 a year - given over the next two years - would be slashed from power bills.

"This is your dividend coming back to you," she said.

Regional Ergon consumers who take up monthly billing options could save $75, among other sweeteners.

It follows a threat to retailers that the State could re-enter the market if they don't help drive down power prices.

Topics:  Annastacia Palaszczuk editors picks energy crisis power bills qldelection2017


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