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SA trumps Vic and NSW on wholesale electricity prices

South Australian now has cheaper wholesale electricity than either Victoria or New South Wales for the first time in seven years.

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South Australian now has cheaper wholesale electricity than either Victoria or New South Wales for the first time in seven years.

This important achievement will drive investment and job creation in South Australia as we become ever more competitive on electricity prices with our eastern state rivals and provide cost of living relief for South Australian households.

“The benefits of cheaper wholesale electricity are flowing directly into lower household bills with Origin delivering an average annual household saving of 5.6 per cent, default contracts down 4.4 per cent and AGL dropping household prices by 2.7 per cent this financial year” said Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

“The fall in prices in South Australia means Origin customers will be saving a further $127 dollars off their electricity bills this year, AGL is delivering another $62 savings and customers on default contracts will be saving $85.

“The good news for this financial year is in addition to a 3 per cent or $62 fall in the average annual cost of electricity for households on market contracts during 2018-19 according to the SA Regulator, ESCOSA.”

“Cheaper wholesale electricity is very good news for South Australian businesses large and small and will assist our economic recovery as we emerge from the coronavirus lockdown,” said Minister van Holst Pellekaan.

“ASX Base Future Contract Prices show South Australia maintaining a competitive position on wholesale electricity prices with other states in the national electricity market into the future.

“Because retailers hedge their prices over a number of years it takes time for reduced wholesale prices to flow in full to consumers bills.

“The Marshall Government’s performance is proving that it is possible to both reduce the price of electricity and our impact upon the environment simultaneously.

“The Marshall Government is delivering on its commitment to reduce electricity prices for South Australians whilst driving an ambitious transition to net-100% renewable energy.”

“The proposed SA-NSW Interconnector (Project EnergyConnect) will drive down the price of electricity in both states even further when it comes into operation,” said Minister van Holst Pellekaan.

“Project EnergyConnect will reduce the average South Australian residential electricity bill by $66 and the typical small businesses bill by $132.

“Project EnergyConnect will deliver cheaper power to SA households and businesses, a renewable energy investment boom along its route and, we now know, protect South Australia from another state-wide blackout.”

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