FEES: Electricity consumers are paying more after the repeal of the carbon tax.
FEES: Electricity consumers are paying more after the repeal of the carbon tax. Max Fleet

Fee increase sparks anger

ELECTRICITY consumers who were expecting a windfall after the repeal of the carbon tax have found the reality is very different.

Most people are now paying more for their electricity bills than they were before the tax was repealed.

Burnett Heads resident David Tognolini said the problem was a huge increase in the service fee.

He said the service fee for Tariff 11, the residential charge, had gone from 55.23 cents a day to 91.76 cents.

"What they've done is the general tariff has gone down a whisker but the service fee has almost doubled," he said.

"Had the tariffs and daily service fee remained the same with the carbon tax, our account would have been $391.11 not the $399.33 as per the current Ergon account.

"We've all heard about the big reduction in cost with the removal of the carbon tax but I don't see it."

A spokesman for Ergon Energy said the increase in the daily service fee was going to happen whether the carbon tax was repealed or not.

"The two are unrelated," he said.

"Had the carbon price stayed the service fee would still have been increased."

He said Ergon was obliged to charge the regulated tariff set by the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA).

"It's a QCA issue rather than an Ergon issue," he said.



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