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NSW Farmers say bush electricity prices out of control

  • By: Farm Tender "Prime"
  • Aug 15, 2017

Ahead of the Prime Minister’s meeting with electricity retailers, The NSW Farmers’ Association is urging the Prime Minister to establish more transparency in the retail electricity market, particularly in ensuring that regional Australia gets a fair deal on their electricity.

“Regional electricity users are paying the highest electricity prices in Australia, and with the introduction of cost-reflective pricing, some users will see increases in their electricity bill of 200%,” said NSW Farmers’ President, Derek Schoen.

“The typical household in the bush pays around $2083, while in Sydney this is $1507.”

Retail markets in regional areas are not competitive, and regional electricity users are not getting a fair deal on their electricity.

“If you are in Dubbo, even if you shop around, you will only get a 32% cost-saving on your electricity from the default market offer. If you live in Darlinghurst you will get a ...
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