Paying for a power price distraction?

A new study finds the carbon price impact on business power bills is largely in line with forecasts. But have network owners taken advantage of the focus on carbon to distract consumers from other pricing changes?

An overall power price rise of 18.6 per cent has been seen in the wake of changes to electricity network charges and the introduction of the carbon tax, according to a Big Switch Projects analysis of electricity bills from a sample of 66 sites. The carbon tax impact was broadly in line with Treasury forecasts of around a 10 per cent lift.

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