Queensland power bills up 16pcMore of this horseshit here.
Posted Tue Jun 9, 2009 7:25pm AEST
Updated Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:36am AEST
The Queensland Government says the average household power bill will rise by almost 16 per cent, or around $220 a year for a typical household, from next month.
The Queensland Competition Authority has today recommended an 11.8 per cent increase to the benchmark retail price for next financial year.
The final figure will also take into account last month's Supreme Court ruling to revise last year's price rise upwards.
Bligh defends Qld electricity hike
June 10, 2009 - 4:14PM
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh says a planned 16 per cent rise in the price of electricity is less than increases being imposed in other states.
Power prices in the state are set to rise by 15.73 per cent from July 1 following a decision by the independent Queensland Competition Authority.
Electricity suppliers argued successfully for their increased costs to be considered in setting the new rates, after a court ruled that the 2008/09 price hike was insufficient.
Consumers with an electricity bill of around $350 a quarter will pay an additional $55 on their bills.
"I don't like to see price rises any more than any other Queenslander," Ms Bligh said on Wednesday.
Interesting that since the money collection part of the power supply industry was sold to third parties (oh wait, that was called opening it up to competition), the price has already gone up approximately 19 percent (it may be less or more, I'm not sure, I just know it's gone up). I don't understand how the introduction of a third party collecting the money can make the product cheaper - my supplier is the only one in my area. There are some interesting stats here, if you can sift through the junk (starting with the masthead's "In the business of climate change").
Golly. It's reported that the power price rise will raise the cost of food. Yeah. Along with the thieving of the 8.3 cents per litre petrol tax rebate. Everything is going to increase in price, and noone who is productive is going to benefit from these increases.
I wonder whether many people have twigged how much everthing is going to go up when we have to support the con of an ETS, and any other "carbon-taxing" wealth-redistribution scheme.
Sure the government will subsidise, however, as I've said before, the people squawking about "the government should" completely overlook where the government's money comes from.
I understand from a sound bite today on the television news that one helpful politician has suggested that we use less electricity. Sounds like it's from the Garrett/Swan collection of helpful hints.
Many people already try to use the minimum of electricity not to save Gaia or prevent AGW (spit), but to SAVE MONEY. I know. It's an amazing phenomenon. Part of the reason I recently retired my nearly 20 year old fridge and bought a new one was that it must have been costing me abomb to run. Living in a rural area without mains pressure and sewerage I also have two pumps, one for the fresh water from the tank and one for the greywater.