The Australian Greens have today succeeding in establishing a Senate Inquiry into whether electricity companies, including Energex, have provided misleading data to the Australian Energy Regulator in setting their prices.
“With a whistle blower coming out in Queensland with claims that Energex manipulated data to hike up Queenslanders’ electricity bills, and with similar examples across other states, we need to get to the bottom of why our energy system isn’t serving households or the environment,” Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens, said.
“Poles and wires make up half the cost of electricity bills and have been by far the biggest cause of rising power bills over the past five years.
“This inquiry will uncover whether this infrastructure was really needed or whether the system is being used by electricity companies as a money spinner.
“The Greens want to drive reform in our electricity market so that Australians can control their own power bills through solar energy and we can enable the smart and local clean energy systems of the future.
“It is now clear that centralised, big business monopolies are a thing of the past,” Senator Milne said.
Greens Queensland Senator, Larissa Waters, said:
“With Campbell Newman trying desperately to sell off public infrastructure, the Greens will be looking to find out whether Energex has been given the go ahead to fatten up the pig before the slaughter of privatisation.
“Our Sunshine State is leading the way in creating a localised clean energy future with more than 400 000 homes having solar, that’s one in five homes.
“More and more Queenslanders are controlling their own bills through solar and the Greens want to help expand the spread of solar to protect Queenslanders from Energex and Premier Newman’s privatisation plans,” Senator Waters said.