Power use surged yesterday, after temperatures in Melbourne hit 39.6 degrees at 6pm. Today temperature is forecast to hit 35 degrees, after an overnight low of 24.
The spike in electricity use followed power prices in Victoria jumping on New Year’s Day, by an average 10 per cent.
And, according to Ben Freund, chief executive of price comparison service company GoSwitch, another jump of about 10 per cent is likely to follow on July 1, when the carbon tax begins.
The new tax, combined with mandatory renewable energy targets and chronic under-investment by power companies in infrastructure, will cause prices to rise further across Australia. ”We are looking at the doubling of the cost of power in five years’ time,” Mr Freund said. Read article