Small business electricity bills grow

There is mounting evidence that small businesses are bearing an unfair higher share of rising electricity prices.

Small businesses are being charged more for electricity than householders and big business, according to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman.

Small businesses are being charged more for electricity than householders and big business, according to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman.

Submissions to the ACCC electricity pricing inquiry confirm anecdotal accounts that small businesses are being gouged.

While households in several states are grappling with price increases of 15-18 per cent, for most small businesses it’s above 20 per cent, with higher rises forecast next year.

It’s totally unacceptable that energy-dependent small businesses like manufacturers and rural industries are being slugged more than householders and big business. 

The energy system is broken and needs to be fixed, but we can’t afford to see businesses close and jobs lost while governments and energy companies get their act together.

Kate Carnell,

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

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