Access to electricity that is affordable and reliable is vital to health and wellbeing, but many people in Queensland are already struggling to pay their electricity bills and the situation is getting worse. Almost 28,000 Queensland households were disconnected for non-payment of electricity bills in 2017/18, an increase of more than 22 per cent over two years.
In our submission in response to the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) issues paper on the regulatory proposals of the two Queensland electricity distributors, our objective is to outline where the AER should identify further savings to benefit all people in Queensland.
While QCOSS welcomes Energy Queensland’s proposed reduction in distribution charges for residential customers, we believe that further savings can be made and encourage the AER to seek these savings out. In our submission we summarise our key issues and recommendations on where further savings are possible.