Southern Metropolitan Region - Increase in Power Prices

Written on the 3 February 2017

Southern Metropolitan Region

8 December 2016

COUNCIL

Constituency questions

GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)

 

My question is also to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Ms D'Ambrosio.

It is in relation to the increase in power prices, particularly with the closure of the Hazelwood power station, which is to occur early next year.

I have been speaking with residents and businesses in my electorate and specifically within the area of Bentleigh.

When the closure of the Hazelwood power station was announced, the Premier said that any increase would cause pressure on household budgets but that the numbers would be in the order of 4 per cent.

Well, we know he got that wrong. In fact less than a month later power prices for Victorian businesses have already increased by 13 per cent.

 

My question to the minister is:

Can she rule out any further increases that small businesses will have to endure once Hazelwood closes on 31 March 2017?


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