The federal energy minister says Queenslanders are paying some of Australia’s highest electricity prices because state-owned generators are ‘gaming the system’.
Josh Frydenberg says consumers paid 30 per cent more for their ‘average wholesale electricity prices’ in the first five months of 2017 than other parts of the country.
‘Since 2014 in Queensland, the price of wholesale electricity has gone above $5000 per megawatt hour some 30 times,’ Mr Frydenberg told ABC Radio on Monday.
He said the next closest state was South Australia, which had gone above $5000 16 times.
‘Why in Queensland when you’ve got state-owned utilities and generators, why are you paying so much for your electricity?’ he asked.
‘You have to stop the gaming of the system by the generators.’