The workforce in the electricity industry has more than doubled over the past six years although the actual amount of energy supplied to consumers has remained flat.
That’s right. Zero growth in supply to the national electricity market but a workforce which has bloated from 35,000 in November 2006 to 71,900 in 2012.
The industry spin on rising capacity, and consequent overspending, has been that it has been required to meet the rise in ”peak demand”. The reality, however, is that peak winter demand has fallen 1.9 per cent since 2006 and peak summer demand has fallen 4.6 per cent since 2006-07. So peak demand has fallen while the workforce has doubled.
You would not know it from reading some of the stuff submitted to the Senate inquiry into electricity prices…….
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