Money off your next power bill

Published 10:22am 26 May 2022

Money off your next power bill
Words by Kylie Knight

Queenslanders will receive a $175 Cost of Living Rebate on their next power bill thanks to a State Government rebate.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says rising fuel and grocery prices are taking a toll, especially on those on low incomes.

“People are having to make difficult choices including going without,’ the Premier says.

“The $175 Cost of Living Rebate will make life just that little bit easier and brings to $575 the dividends Queenslanders have received over the past four years.

“In February, we announced Queensland households would receive $50 off their power bills later this year because Queenslanders own their power assets – the generators, the transmission and the distribution.

“With wholesale prices going up due to global instability, we have moved to raise it to $175 because we know the pressure Queenslanders face.

“Electricity providers will automatically apply the credit, so Queenslanders don’t have to apply. These are assets that belong to Queenslanders. It will mean total rebates to households of $575 over the past four years.”

Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick says addressing cost of living issues is at the core of the State Government’s priorities.

“At a state and federal level, Labor Governments govern for people who are doing it tough,” the Treasurer says.

“This $385 million investment will be of most help to people who are disadvantaged.”

Addressing rising prices

Minister for Energy, Hydrogen and Renewables Mick de Brenni says the $175 Cost of Living Rebate has been increased to take into account rising wholesale electricity prices.

“We know affordable, reliable power is critical to Queenslanders,” Mr de Brenni says.

Minister de Brenni says the State Government is also investing more than $2 billion to supercharge renewable energy supply and significant battery storage to produce cheaper, cleaner energy.

“The Australian Energy Regulator has this morning pointed out a combination of high, peak demand and the impact of the invasion of Ukraine on gas prices have together resulted in a forecast increase in power bills of over 11 per cent.

“We’re working hard to keep downward pressure on prices because every dollar counts right now for Queensland households.”

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