Farmers and business are facing crippling electricity price increases when the existing “obsolete tariffs” are phased out next year on 1 July 2021.
While the Government has announced no increase for the last two years, the Minister still insists the agricultural tariff doesn’t reflect the real cost of supplying electricity and must change.
That’s code for increasing electricity costs for irrigators after this year’s state election.
It is not surprising that the Government has delayed this next stage of cost reflective tariffs until after the upcoming State election.
Maybe they won’t be the only thing obsolete next year?
Farmers and irrigators realise that Queensland Labor has no solution for them other than higher prices.
Electricity prices have gone up 130% over the past decade and the LNP has called for a suite of tariffs that reflect modern agricultural production.
We will work with agricultural industry groups on a tariff structure that delivers affordable and reliable electricity – not the higher “ cost reflective” electricity prices being pursued by Labor.
LNP Shadow Minister for Energy Michael Hart