03.CHOICE calls on Senate to help lower energy bills
CHOICE has made a submission to the Senate inquiry into the key causes of electricity price increases and solutions to help lower energy bills for Australian households.
CHOICE is calling on Australia's energy ministers to work together to adopt major reforms before the end of 2012 that will help lower energy bills.
New research with a nationally representative sample of over 1000 Australians shows electricity is the household expense people are most concerned about. Despite this there is limited awareness as to why prices have gone up in recent years and are predicted to increase over the next few years.
Over the past four years, electricity bills for Australian households increased by an average of 48% on top of the 9% or so due to the carbon price on a national level. Around half of these increases have resulted from the multi-billion dollar price tag for energy infrastructure.
CHOICE's recent research has showed that people are most likely to place the responsibility for reducing electricity bills in the hands of governments, compared with other stakeholders.
Find out more about our research.