Outrage at 39 per cent jump in fixed power supply fees

HOUSEHOLDS are being stung with power supply price rises of up to 39 per cent before using any electricity.

In a blow to Victorians scrambling to save money by using less power, analysis reveals they will pay as much as $477 this year without flicking a switch.

Energy Retailers Association of Australia chief Cameron O’Reilly blamed higher network, meter and green scheme costs for driving up “fixed” or service to property charges.

But St Vincent de Paul Society energy analyst Gavin Dufty said some businesses appeared to also be trying to claw back cash amid falling electricity consumption.

Fixed supply charges will jump by as much as $113 this year for customers with some retailers in some areas, the society’s analysis of January price rises found.

“Some of these significant increases are due to changes in poles and wires charges, but we believe another reason is companies making up for a shortfall in revenue from reduced energy consumption,” Mr Dufty said.

Origin Energy’s annual supply charge for the SP AusNet zone had surged 39 per cent to $386, the review found.

Neighbourhood Energy’s charge in the CitiPower network is up 37 per cent to $389, while Simply Energy’s charge in the United Energy area has also climbed 37 per cent to $422. At the other extreme, Australian Power and Gas supply charges lifted 3 per cent, and EnergyAustralia added 2-3 per cent in some zones.

Mr O’Reilly said consumers could shop around for the most suitable deal.

An Origin spokesman said higher costs had been passed on.

The analysis tracked published price changes for customers who are not on market offers. But Mr Dufty said households on contracts could expect similar percentage increases.

Customers in Melbourne’s inner west and north, the northeastern suburbs and eastern Victoria pay the state’s highest supply charges. Simply Energy’s $477 slug in the SP AusNet area was the steepest noted.

Mr Dufty said big fixed charges hurt modest users such as low-income and single households most.

However, large families were often better off choosing the lowest consumption rates rather than the smallest supply charge.


Via: http://www.news.com.au/national/outrage-at-39-per-cent-jump-in-fixed-power-supply-fees/story-fndo4cq1-1226572143843

It’s a shame that Cameron O’Reilly doesn’t explain that the higher meter costs in Victoria are largely due to the smart meter costs blow out from $800 million to $2.3 billion, and that every household in Victoria, as part of their electricity bill, is now paying an average of $114 a year for the so-called privilege of having a smart meter in their home whether they like it or not. 


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20 Responses to Outrage at 39 per cent jump in fixed power supply fees

  1. Pam says:

    Hi thought I would share this. Talking with the guy who read my water meter today and he noticed my SSM Signs. He said he had a DARN SMART METER and his Account has gone through the roof. SAID HE SEES A LOT OF OUR SIGNS AROUND HERE IN WARRNAMBOOL, SO THAT IS PLEASING. TOLD HIM TO CHECK THIS PARTICULAR ‘POST’ WHEN HE GOES HOME TONITE………………..CHEERS PAM 🙂

  2. Cedar Wilde says:

    How about we pay more tax and get our basic power free? I don’t mean as much power as we can use but power enough for all the things we have to do to live?

  3. Pam says:

    What I would like to know is who is responsible for Power Charges when people with Smart Meters never ever seen to get an account. Why can’t the meter reader read them, the same way he reads my Annalogue meter that is locked. I have not had any trouble in getting my accounts, except for one estimated bill read by an unfriendly meter reader.
    When every dollar counts these days this seems ridiculous to me. There must be hundreds of thousands of dollars in used electricity, that has never ever been recouped by Power Companies, no wonder they have to put their charges up. My energy Provider (Energy Australia) has not put my Electricity up…………………. Too many suppliers out there all in business to make money. Privitization just hasn’t worked. Just think of all the overheads, with Staff, Bosses, Executives etc etc. Again, no wonder Electricity Prices are going through the roof for most people. I suggest you Shop around for your Electricity and change if you have to…………Cheers Pam 🙂

    • 1vimana1 says:

      Hi Pam,
      Me back on this great site again. Thanks for you excellent feed-back and help, it is much appreciated.

      Richard L…………… or Mr Vimana Man.

    • Jason says:

      Why anyone would pay an ‘estimated’ bill is beyond me. (and that includes pre-paid tax accounts!)

      Just send a registered latter to the provider and insist the ‘estimate’ is incorrect and inform them that you will NOT pay any bill that is sheer guesswork. And then DON’T pay.
      “Shopping around” is a nonsense. The monopoly handed to the distributors by Jeff-Bloody-Kennett isolates and insulates them from the customer-base. The retailers make the case that they have no say in the issues raised.

      And never mind just the ‘estimates’; if everybody who bitches about the way they’re being treated simply REFUSED to pay power bills things would change quickly. Not even the rip-off merchants could afford to take a few million people through the ‘debt recovery process’ ~ nor be allowed to cut off supply to millions.

      More than ‘high prices’ the problem is that Australians lack the guts to take, and defend at all costs, a stand.

  4. Fighting Back says:

    I will provide you with a quote of where we are headed by Ayn Rand (author of The Fountainhead) and her accurate observation about our society.

    “When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.”

    • Yvonne Avery says:

      This seems to be where our society is at!! Well said/quoted. Thank you for the clarity of what is happening here.

    • Won't say says:

      Very true.

      Honestly, the whole matter of smart meters here in Victoria has brought me to a point where I’ve come to resent my citizenship of this nation and that is from my heart of hearts.

    • Cedar Wilde says:

      Hi, Fighting Back, I’m sure the human race is doomed already and a good thing too for all the other creatures that we haven’t killed off yet. We are now killing ourselves off and we seem to be too stupid to see what we are doing in our greed. Thankfully there are people on here who are awake but I’m not sure that there are enough to get the rest out there motivated.

  5. TheBThing says:

    Not to mention Smart Meters will be replaced every ten years, therefore a new fee each cycle.

    Political agenda needs to be hit on for mandatory acquisition of power businesses, and bring them back into Public hands.

    • 1vimana1 says:

      These dopey so-called Smart Meters are in now way compatible with our Electric Analogue Metres. For a start, the Analogue Passive Meters are a very safe design indeed and have proved to be very safe for over one hundred years.

      Analogue meters do not create harmonics in the supply of Electricity to the home, for they are not a Microwave Device. The Analogue Meters does not need extra power to run, as they are recording devices run by the Alternating Current that runs through them, only when electric current is drawn or used by the customer/s.

      In the case of Microwave so-called Smart Meters, they need special electronics to run, as well as either Lithium Batteries or similar to run their Electronics. Lithium Batteries have a very short Service Life. In addition to this the super-high frequencies with the Smart Meters contribute to vibrating these machine at up to hundreds of thousands of times and up to millions of times a second which shake the very atomic structure of the Smart Meters to pieces over time in around 5 to 7 years it has been found, so that you need a new Smart Meter after that time,( again not so smart really).

      Why do the Electric Power Companies want these machines on your home properties and small businesses ? Simply to get rid of the Electricity Meter reader men, so that they the Electric Power Companies can make even more monetary profit. What a mean pack of SODS these Electric Power Company C.E.O’s are !

      It is a great pity that these Rapaciously Greedy C.E.O’s are not put out of a job themselves. Some of these C.E.O’s are paid truly exorbitant amounts of money by Sycophantic Boards of Governors. Some C.E.O’s can be paid of up to many millions of Dollars per year as are the Governors of some Banks here in Australia and overseas. Paying these glorified accountants or Bean-Counters which is all they are, such huge sums of money is ABSURD. Nobody is worth 13 to 15 million dollars a year or more. Paying these Poppycock’s such huge sums of money only drives up the price of electricity anyway.

      What we in Victoria need so desperately now is to Sack all of these C.E.O’s and Poppycock’s and Popinjays and reclaim or bring back, the State Electricity Commission, which was the Peoples’ Electricity Board of Electrical Generators and all of the Ancillary Equipment needed to run it and the decent stafft, before Geoffrey Kennett Sold our S.E.C to these Wasteful Money Grubbing Chinese and Singaporean Power Companies who’s Greedy Money Grubbing Filthy long fingered rapine hands get any further into our already Cash Strapped Victorian Peoples pockets.

      • Jason says:

        That’s far too simple:-
        “Why do the Electric Power Companies want these machines on your home properties and small businesses ? Simply to get rid of the Electricity Meter reader men, so that they the Electric Power Companies can make even more monetary profit.”

        If all they wanted to do was make more money they’d simply jack up the price.
        These ‘smart meters’ are sophisticated, multi-level spy-systems which can be used to eavesdrop on and control entire populations, and it’s odds-on that the emerging Police-State governments are involved up to their ears ~ if they’re not the actual originators of the concept.

        Apart from counting people coming and going through the EMF and listening to everything said in a premises using the wiring as an antenna, who’s to say the insidious radiation emitted can’t be used to actually plant subliminal messages. It’s been done before, in different ways; eg ‘aversion therapy’.

        In some places similar ‘authorities’ have begun microchipping people: for their own benefit, of course!

  6. Laurie says:

    I just received this in Nanaimo, Canada. I am so sorry to hear what thievery is occurring in Australia. Outrageous! Our so called ‘smartgrid’ isn’t operative, yet. I cannot imagine being blasted by rf AND being gouged in the wallet to boot! I am so terribly affected by rf already. My 80 year old mom and I may have to move to the rurals and use a wood stove for heat and cooking. I am very afraid what will happen when they turn on the grid. The ‘smart’ meters here are going to be communicating with one another in the neighborhood. That means rf zipping through the air in continuous bursts. What a disaster!

    • 1vimana1 says:

      Keep on fighting Laurie,
      You are so correct. Already people here in Victoria Australia are waking up to these tyrants, now thousands of us have locked our Electricity boxes and driven off these people who would make us their Puppets.

  7. Claire says:

    Another way to rip off the consumer.
    Government take note…….
    I believe the government is responsible for
    We, the taxpayer, have already paid for the infrastructure these utilities companies are merely maintaining at a huge cost to the consumer.
    It is about time the government took back control of these essential services and do the job they are elected to do. Govern for the people. Take back YOUR responsiblity which you are clearly turning a blind eye to. How can the government continue to allow people to suffer the health effects of the smart meters and the pain of these price rises?
    Clearly the only beneficiaries of privatisation are the energy companies.
    What does the Government (especially in Victoria) actually do? Everything is user pays or privatised.
    Banks rip us off, utility companies rip us off, MYKI is the biggest joke ever.
    Govern for us or abolish State Government and go Federal.

    • Jason says:

      Halfway there, Claire. But it’s probably not all about money. It’s about control.
      And if they can’t sucker us in, they’ll legislate to make connection/acceptance mandatory ~ as with the sewer and water supply.

  8. Carmela says:

    Letters to the newspapers anyone?
    If the media don’t report the truth about smart meters, it’s up to us to get the word out.

    • ravenhawk says:

      the media can be biased when reporting on smart meters….why?……. because many of the owners of the media have a financial interest in the smat meter monopoly

      • 1vimana1 says:

        Hi there Ravenhawk,
        This is so true, but I got onto one Newspaper who I am hoping will hear the other side of the argument. Here’s hoping anyway.

      • Pam says:

        How true that is. We only have to go a few Posts back to see this information. I don’t care I will never, repeat never have a Smart Meter. End of Story….Keep Fighting – Please don’t give up. SSMA has worked hard for all of us, keeping us informed on the Dangers of Smart meters. whether it be Overseas or here in Victoria. Victorians have to set a precedent for the other States somehow, so they don’t have to go through what we have been experiencing over the last 2 years. Cheers Pam 🙂

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