Media Release

25 May 2017

Southwick: Electricity disconnections soar 44 per cent

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Electricity disconnections soar 44 per cent

Background:

During the January-March 2017 quarter, the Energy and Water Ombudsman (Victoria) registered 222 actual electricity disconnection cases, an increase of 44 per cent from the previous quarter.

According to the ABS, electricity prices increased 7.7 per cent in the March quarter following the announcement of the Hazelwood power station closure.

 

Comments attributed to David Southwick, Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources:

Annual power bills for households will increase an average of $300 this year because of Daniel Andrews’ decision to force the closure of Hazelwood.

This is putting incredible cost of living pressure on Victorians and its why we are seeing this massive increase in disconnections of 44 per in the first few months of this year alone.

Under Labor, Victorians are being forced to choose between having their lights on or food on the table.