New research released today shows Victorians are continuing to
benefit from the reforms to the electricity distribution sector
that commenced in the 1990s, with residential electricity consumers
paying significantly less for their network charges than customers
in other jurisdictions.
The research concluded that in Victoria, network-related costs
(excluding policy-related smart meter charges and feed in tariffs)
make up only 30% of the average household electricity bill,
compared to a range of 45-50% in other states and territories.
The study by energy sector experts Oakley Greenwood, the Causes
of Residential Electricity Bill Increases in Victoria, 2001-2012,
found that, while household electricity bills have increased by
28.4%, (after accounting for inflation) from 2001 to 2012,
standard 'poles and wires' distribution costs in Victoria have
decreased in real terms during this period, softening the scale of
click here to read the Oakley Greenwood report.