Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Families won’t be fooled by Nats twisting electricity stats

20 March 2014

Families won’t be fooled by National twisting the electricity stats

National’s attempt to mask rising power prices by handing control of the statistics over to the power companies won’t fool Kiwi families, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

The Government has announced that it will cancel the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment’s Quarterly Survey of Domestic Electricity Prices (QSDEP). The QSDEP is a key source of data on electricity prices, which has revealed that the average family is paying $360 a year more for electricity under National. It will be replaced by data privately supplied by the electricity companies themselves, rather than independently gathered by MBIE from public sources.

New figures from the QSDEP released today show that household power prices rose 2.9% in the past year even as demand fell, and that 70% of the increase came from the electricity companies, not transmission and lines costs.

“National can try whatever tricks it likes to hide the rise in electricity prices. Families won’t be fooled when they open up their power bills,” said Dr Norman.

“National is effectively letting the electricity companies decide what the official statistics say about the price of power. This can only be seen as a further attempt by National to hide the unacceptable increase in electricity prices on its watch.

“The justification that the new figures will include discounts that the companies offer is spurious. The current data already includes online and prompt payment discounts. Including loyalty, retention, and acquisition payments, which only a small number of customers receive on a one-off basis, would give a false impression of the price that families actually pay for the power that they consume.

“The changes will prevent analysis of the price that each retailer charges for power. That looks like an attempt to hide the effect of privatisation because the former SOEs previously had lower power prices than the private companies.

“The latest figures show that Kiwi families continue to pay too much for electricity even though demand is falling. Electricity prices rose 2.9% last year even as demand fell by 2%.

“Today’s figures show 70% of the rise in power prices last year came from the electricity companies, not transmission and lines costs. That makes a lie of John Key’s claim that rising power prices are necessary to pay for investment in transmission infrastructure.

“National should stop trying to twist the stats and face the reality: families are paying too much for power. The Greens’ NZ Power plan will bring prices down, saving families $300 a year each,” said Dr Norman.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news