This shows the overall percentage cost increase in the 9 years from 2007 to 2015 for the Per kWh Consumption and Daily Grid Connection charges, compared to inflation.
With this graph alone, the power companies have made a conclusive economic case for minimising household electricity usage.
The luxury item of being connected to the grid has nearly doubled in cost, whilst at the same time the luxury product delivered over that luxury connection has gone up by just over two-thirds. It's lucky that electricity is such an exclusive and luxurious product, otherwise the Aussie Battler might just be getting screwed over a little bit.
Now that the coal price is back to around the same level it was in 2006 (ie, down about 50% from where it was at in 2010 / 2011), I wonder whether electricity consumers (Aussie Battlers) will see any economic benefits?
Next, we'll get to the good stuff.
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It would be easy to point to the privatisation and subsequent de-regulation of the power industry in South Australia as a cause or enabler of these price increases, but as the following Fact Check by the ABC demonstrates, there's a lot more to it: