Elliott And Perrottet Welcome Efforts To Rein In Electricity Prices

Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott and Member for Castle Hill Dominic Perrottet have welcomed efforts by the NSW Government to rein in electricity prices.

 Mr Elliott said almost one million NSW households were eligible for rebate assistance under new programmes instituted by the NSW Government.

 “Over 940,000 NSW households are eligible to receive assistance as part of a $210 million Government package including the new Family Energy Rebate, the Low Income Household Rebate, the Medical Energy Rebate, the Life Support Rebate and the Energy Accounts Payment Assistance scheme,” Mr Elliott said.

“This support for NSW households struggling under the weight of electricity prices is vital as the Gillard Labor Government in Canberra continues to slug households with the carbon tax, which costs the average household an extra $300 a year in electricity costs.

“The NSW Government has also put in places measures which will allow customers to access lower prices than those set by the independent pricing tribunal, providing customers the incentive to shop around for a better energy deal.”

Mr Perrottet said that the NSW Government was committed to ensuring the obscene price hikes under NSW Labor were a thing of the past.

“The NSW Government has identified $2.5 billion in savings through its reform of the three State-owned distribution businesses as it continues work to remove inefficiencies and prevent overspending put in place by the former Labor Government,” Mr Perrottet said.

 “As a direct result of these savings, network price rises will be capped at or below CPI from 1 July 2013 over the next six years, putting an end to Labor’s double-digit price hikes.

 “We have also closed the former Labor Government’s disastrous Solar Bonus Scheme and other duplicative programs to ensure households aren’t footing the bill for costly green schemes.”

 Consumers who would like more information on electricity rebates can contact the NSW energy line on 1300 136 888.