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Electricity Prices and impacts on solar panels (June 2013)

There has been a lot of talk in the media and amongst the community speculating on what will be done to understand the impacts of the Solar Bonus Scheme, whereby people without solar are paying for those that do.  The LNP Government is extremely conscious of the impact of higher power prices on Queenslanders but our hands are tied by a national regulatory system.  What we do know is that it is that things like the carbon tax, the renewable energy targets and the solar feed in tariff are driving the power prices we are seeing.  It is our responsibility as a Government to try and address these increases and find ways to minimise the hurt being felt by families in meeting their weekly cost of living expenses.  The Premier has clearly stated that those who invested in solar panels and remain eligible under the program guidelines will still receive the 44c/kWh rate until 2028. He also stated that we won’t be imposing any special taxes or levies on those people with solar panels.   It is important that residents are aware however, that the Energy and Water Supply Minister, Hon Mark McArdle MP, has committed to exploring all options to reduce the pressure of increasing electricity prices on behalf of all Queenslander households, businesses and farmers.  We know the debate needs to be had about the future of electricity prices in Queensland and any views held by our community that are shared with my office will be used as feedback for the Government – email glass.house@parliament.qld.gov.au.

 

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