Who will pay for pay as you go replacement?
- Replacement bill put at $11 million
- Guy Barnett refuses to guarantee low-income earners won’t pay
- Minister has no idea who will pay for replacement program
Up to 26,000 Tasmanian Aurora Pay As You Go (APAYG) customers, approximately half of which are low-income households, could share costs of more than $11 million as Aurora Energy finalises its plans to phase out APAYG.
Energy Minister Guy Barnett repeatedly refused to answer who would pay for the new metering equipment and removal of old meters in today’s GBE hearing.
“Aurora puts the cost of removal and replacement of old APAYG meters at $427,” Shadow Energy Minister Scott Bacon said.
“This program will cost in the tens of millions, yet the Minister could not say who would pay for it.
“Will it be APAYG customers who are forced to pay once their meters reach end of life or will the Minister make all customers cover the $11 million in their power bills.
“Mr Barnett was asked point blank to give guarantees that low income households would not be slugged with the costs and refused to provide them.
“It shows how out of touch the Liberals are with Tasmanians facing cost of living pressures.”