Power Pain Amps Up

NSW households and small businesses struggling to pay soaring electricity bills face forking out more than $340m extra next financial year to cover administration and other costs for renewable energy zones.

In discussions with Macquarie Street, consumer advocacy groups have been arguing that the burden shouldn’t be entirely on the shoulders of householders and that big users such as smelters and mines should contribute too.

A state government spokesman said there will be an official review into “whether transmission connected businesses should be included in the cost recovery mechanism.”

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre has been among those pushing for change.

‘There are a lot of opportunities to revisit those cost recovery mechanisms to make it fairer for households,’ said PIAC energy spokesman Douglas McCloskey.

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