Many households are spending too much on energy because of misguided loyalty to retailers.
Many households are spending too much on energy because of misguided loyalty to retailers.

The LNP explains how it will save you $300 a year on power

QUEENSLAND'S opposition leader said her policies could cut each regional power bill by $300 a year.

Deb Frecklington promoted the LNP policy while meeting with local mother Helena Webb, who complained about the cost of her bill and the absence of an alternate supplier.

Ms Frecklington said the figured was based off the comparison to south east power bills.

Regional Queenslanders would benefit under the LNP plan if they could choose between power suppliers rather than just Ergon Energy.

"We know that more competition will drive down the prices," she said.

"That's what happened in the south east and have been reflected across rural and regional Queensland."

Ms Frecklington lives in the Wide Bay area, and she said that with three teenage girls her average bill was about $800.

"It's frightening and needs to come down. But it depends on how many people are in the home.

"It depends on if you have a pool, there are so many different factors."

 

Deb Frecklington meets with Bundaberg MP David Batt and a local family concerned about electricity prices.
Deb Frecklington meets with Bundaberg MP David Batt and a local family concerned about electricity prices.

 

Energy Minister Anthony Lynham criticised the LNP's policy in parliament last week, saying that it would end up costing taxpayers more money.

He said the Queensland Productivity Commission outlined a choice between $400 on regional Queensland power bills, or a total $700 million cost to taxpayers.

"This is yet another unfunded LNP that costs taxpayers money," Dr Lynham said.

"If they paid the $700 million, that money would go into the hands of private businesses, praying and begging that would be passed on to consumers."

Local MPs David Batt and Stephen Bennett backed their leader's policy announcement.

"This policy does work, it's working in the south east and bringing competition to Bundaberg and regional Queensland will also work," Mr Batt said.

Mr Bennett said the local residents at least deserved the choice to deserve what company supplied power.