PR Log - Jul 11, 2012 - The various impacts of the July 2012 introduction of Australia’s Carbon Tax has dominated the country’s media in the last two months, most notably in relation to its increasing electricity prices. Alan Belkin, CEO of electricity price comparison service Electricity Wizard, believes that breaking down the components of their electricity accounts will help Australians understand that the carbon tax plays a minor role in the increases.
In an effort to do exactly this, the Australian Government has persuaded most energy providers to include a leaflet, which details the Carbon Tax component, in every bill sent out for the remainder of 2012. Mr Belkin applauds the decision, saying that contributing cost breakdown will help dispel the misinformation that is being touted by those with vested interests, and fueled by the popular media.
“Electricity prices in Australia were increasing long before the introduction of the Carbon Tax” said Mr Belkin. “The infrustructure needed to provide electricity throughout a country the size of Australia is a major cost factor, and makes up approximately 51% of a consumer’s electricity bill.”
CleanEnergyFuture.gov.au, an Australian Government website, reveals that the Carbon Tax will only contribute 9% of electricity bills from July 1. This, says Mr Belkin, is an important message for consumers who have been caught up the the Carbon Tax media hype.
“There is no doubt that the Carbon Tax will contribute to a rise in the cost of electricity, but those with vested interests, supported by the popular media, are creating the impression that the electricity price hike is all due to the new tax” Mr Belkin explained. “This is mischievous and misleading.”
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), just a few days after the Carbon Tax’s introduction, had already taken some of the country’s most powerful businesses to task over their inflated electricity price rise statements. Two solar panel installation companies were the first to feel the wrath of the Commission, after their advertising stated that the Carbon Tax would raise electricity prices by 20 percent in 2012, and a whopping 400 percent higher by 2019.
“People are right to be concerned over increasing electricity prices, but it is important that they understand the real reasons behind those increases” said Mr Belkin. “The government’s brochure will help them to do this.”
“At Electricity Wizard we are only too aware of their concerns, and this is why we offer a true electricity price comparison service for consumers - individuals and businesses” he continued. “We have been helping consumers get better electricity prices for over 2 years and clearly, unlike others, we have not been formed to cash in on the Carbon Tax hysteria.”
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