Power lobby steps up campaign

A new lobby group associated with influential players in the power industry has warned the state government it risks a voter backlash at the 2017 poll if proposed changes to the sector trigger higher prices to households.


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Gooseberry Hill
Richard Harris is quoted as being their spokesman, yet the report refers to a Mr Wilson? When the group calls for "no new taxes on those who have installed solar systems", I hope this lobby group realizes the inequity currently prevailing in respect of network and generating capacity charges. The residential and low voltage tariffs levied by Synergy have an almost insignificant fixed or supply charge which does little to contribute to the cost of maintaining network and generating capacity for the solar PV users. Those without solar PV panels contribute towards those system fixed costs through the price they pay per unit (kWh) of electricity supplied. As more people take up solar PV panels, and thereby consume less energy from the system, that contribution is diminishing, but has to be paid for sometime!

The correct name is Richard Wilson, not Richard Harris. This has now been corrected in the copy. You might like to see the follow up to this article on

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