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Katharine Murphy reports that the Greens want electricity prices re-regulated as the prime minister calls in Australia’s major power retailers to discuss steps companies can take to be more transparent with their customers.
The Greens are arguing that the commonwealth should give the states a Christmas deadline to re-regulate.
On Radio National energy and environment minister, Josh Frydenberg, has explained what the government is hoping to achieve by meeting with/standing over retail power companies on Wednesday.
He said the problem is that power companies attract customers with discounts that expire, leaving consumers on more expensive deals without informing them they could be $1,000 a year or more better off by switching plans. He stops short of calling it gouging but concedes “it’s certainly to the benefit of the company but the disadvantage of the consumer”.
Frydenberg said the government wants “real and tangible commitments” from the companies or risk regulation on “the information that needs to be provided and the manner in which it is provided to customers”. These could include mandating alerts that deals are about to expire and transparent systems to compare prices.