Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington plans to bring down Cairns power bills by $300 by breaking energy retailer Ergon’s stranglehold on household electricity supply.
On a visit to Cairns today, Ms Frecklington said her energy policy would introduce desperately-needed competition to regional Queensland’s electricity market.
“Households in Cairns deserve access to cheaper electricity but the government-owned Ergon Energy controls the market,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Southeast Queenslanders are spoilt for choice when it comes to their energy retailers while Cairns households are chained to Ergon.
“Not only is Annastacia Palaszczuk not giving Cairns households the ability to choose who they purchase electricity from, Labor is subsidising a foreign-owned electricity company to provide cheaper electricity to people in southeast Queensland.”
Ms Frecklington said Alinta Energy entered the southeast Queensland market last year in partnership with the government-owned CS Energy and was able to provide savings of about $350 over two years to households.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk is treating North Queenslanders like second class citizens and using their tax dollars to provide cheaper electricity to people in the southeast. That’s not fair,” she said.
“The LNP’s plan would end Labor’s electricity divide between the Southeast and the rest of Queensland and deliver real choice for the people of Cairns.”
Ms Frecklington said if elected at the October 2020 election, the LNP would introduce reforms to make it more attractive for other energy retailers to compete against Ergon.
“It’s not good enough that Queenslanders north of Gympie and west of Toowoomba are treated like second-class citizens,” she said.
“Boosting competition is the best way to drive down household power bills.”
Based on the experience in Southeast Queensland where retail competition is strong, the LNP believes deregulation could save regional Queenslanders around $300 a year.