4th January 2019
EP Desk

Australian household energy bills rose by up to 22 percent in 2017-18, intensifying pressure on Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his lack of a signature energy policy.

Data released by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), a subsidiary of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), recently revealed that customers in South Australia (SA), New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) faced power price increases of 21.1 to 22.1 percent from financial year 2016-17.

Queensland, the state where household rooftop solar systems have the highest capacity, was the only state or territory where average household power prices fell, down 1.6 percent in financial year 2017-18.

Energy policy is set to be a major issue in the 2019 general election, with the issue having plagued the governing Liberal National Party (LNP) during this term of government.

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