Who's paying the most for power?

Written on the 20 December 2016

Who's paying the most for power?

A snapshot of energy prices in six states and territories shows South Australians are paying the most for their electricity bills.

The Tariff Tracking Project, which is produced by St Vincent de Paul Society and Alviss Consulting and has been monitoring prices for eight years, this year shows SA households with moderate energy consumption spending more than $2,000 a year on electricity.

"We looked at 6,000 kilowatt hours consumption a year, which is a very energy efficient family with two kids, where in South Australia it costs more than $2,000 a year but it can fall significantly in other states to $1,400," the co-author of the report and policy and research manager of St Vincent de Paul Society, Gavin Dufty, told the ABC.

"From an annual bill point of view, South Australia is paying the highest. [This is] followed by country NSW, and then south-east Queensland."
The snapshot also shows the cheapest electricity bills are in Tasmania and the ACT.

When the project first started all of the jurisdictions had similar energy prices, but now South Australians pay as much as $1,100 more per year than their ACT counterparts.


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