The Australian Government’s Energy White Paper, released today, has missed the opportunity to move toward’s nationally consistent electricity tariffs, retaining large inequalities in power costs for Australian consumers, according to the Electrical Trades Union.
The union said there was also a failure to address the duplication of roles and resources between state and federal regulatory agencies.
ETU national secretary Allen Hicks said that with the creation of the National Electricity Market and the the Federal Government’s increasing role as the prime regulator for the electricity sector, it was time a national approach to retail price setting was also examined.
“Recent years have seen a substantial centralisation of the electricity sector, with the National Electricity Market, the Australian Energy Regulator, Australian Energy Market Operator and the Australian Energy Market Commission,” Mr Hicks said.
“With vastly divergent power prices for consumers based solely on their geographic location, the Federal Government should have taken this opportunity to also examine the concept of harmonising retail electricity tariffs...
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