Domestic electricity tariffs to be reviewed in Queensland

SPASA Queensland

Wednesday, 24 July, 2013

A Tariff Reform Working Group, established by Energy Minister Mark McArdle, will examine all tariffs including the major domestic tariffs 11, 31 and 33 to improve the affordability of electricity for Queensland consumers. McArdle said another focus of the newly established group was to determine whether the electricity usage patterns of Queenslanders suited the current tariff structure.

Comprising expertise from Energex, Ergon, the Queensland Competition Authority, Queensland Treasury and the Department of Energy and Water Supply, the working group will provide strategic advice and direction on future electricity tariff structures as part of the Newman government’s commitment to electricity sector reforms.

Queenslanders are using electricity today in a way that was never envisaged when the network tariffs were first designed. “Over the last 30 years, the peak demand period has increased by more than 200% and whereas people used to use a lot of electricity to heat their homes, they’re now using more to run air conditioning,” McArdle said. There has also been a 150% increase in electrical appliance consumption.

The Minister said the implementation of tariff reforms is not likely to occur before 1 July 2015, depending on the work involved in the process and any complications that may arise.

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