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Power prices loom large ahead of Victorian election but the damage is already done
Oct 31, 2018 12:11PM WST

Victorians are one month out from their next state election and the focus of both the State Government and the Opposition is firmly on energy policies.If there’s one thing the voters are sure about, it’s that ... Read More

The National Energy Guarantee is far from national and guarantees little
Aug 17, 2018 09:15AM WST

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has been on a media offensive over the last two weeks trying to convince the country that the Turnbull Government was finally fixing the problems of the east coast electricity ... Read More

ACCC confirms what we already knew about privatisation
Jul 31, 2018 14:44PM WST

More than 15 months after Treasurer Scott Morrison directed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to “hold an inquiry into the supply of retail electricity and the competitiveness of retail ... Read More

Usual suspects still not getting the message on privatisation
May 29, 2018 13:18PM WST

The McGowan Government handed down its second budget this month and the biggest takeaway from the media was it was ‘boring’.It was almost like they were disappointed in a lack of controversy or backflipping.In ... Read More

New National Energy Guarantee Leaves WA Paying to Clean Up Eastern States Mess
Apr 27, 2018 15:03PM WST

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg hosted a COAG meeting with his state counterparts last week to sell them on the National Energy Guarantee.Mr Frydenberg says the NEG is an “opportunity that can’t be ... Read More

Full Retail Contestability creates more problems than it fixes
Mar 20, 2018 11:07AM WST

Earlier this month, The West Australian reported that Treasurer and Energy Minister Ben Wyatt has shelved plans to explore full retail contestability.In the article, Mr Wyatt mentions the example of the troubled east coast ... Read More

Scholarship scheme vital first step in repairing Barnett damage, futureproofing Western Power
Feb 26, 2018 16:22PM WST

The start of February brought with it some very positive news for the future of Western Power.Energy Minister Ben Wyatt announced a new initiative: the State Government, though Western Power, will be providing 20 ... Read More

Extreme weather, fires prove the need for proper maintenance funding
Feb 6, 2018 12:49PM WST

With the first month of 2018 in the books, it’s already shaping up to be a year of extreme weather events.This January, we saw bushfires in the Perth Hills darken the sky at noon and fill the air with ash and ... Read More

Use your power at the ballot box to save Western Power
Mar 10, 2017 11:04AM WST

At the election this Saturday, we have a choice. We can re-elect Colin Barnett and let him privatise Western Power, or we can elect a McGowan Labor Government and keep Western Power in Western Australian public ... Read More

How the major parties differ on privatising Western Power
Mar 3, 2017 14:13PM WST

We’re just over a week away from the State Election. It’s the right time to take a good hard look at what both sides of politics are promising about the future of Western Power and offering voters on polling day. ... Read More

Mild summer hides true risks of maintenance cuts
Feb 24, 2017 12:36PM WST

We’ve almost made it to the end of an unusually mild summer in the southwest of the state. We’re more likely to remember the past few months for its storms and floods more than we will for sticky days and ... Read More

Threat of foreign ownership real after One Nation – Liberal preference deal
Feb 17, 2017 12:29PM WST

This week’s revelation that Pauline Hanson has done a preference deal with Colin Barnett to exchange preferences at the upcoming election comes as a surprise.It’s an abrupt reversal for Colin Barnett, ... Read More

Electricity bill stress to get even worse, after privatisation
Jan 31, 2017 14:23PM WST

An Economic Regulation Authority report, released today, shows electricity affordability is becoming an increasing problem for a growing number of West Australians, with 1 in 10 people now needing more time to pay their ... Read More

Serious concerns as Liberal cuts stretch Western Power maintenance staff
Jan 25, 2017 15:06PM WST

This week the Bureau of Meteorology confirmed that Perth’s experiencing its coolest start to the summer in almost a decade. We’ve had weeks of mild temperatures and gentle sunshine.But if you were going off ... Read More

Barnett’s power price fantasy contradicted by privatisation reality over east
Jan 16, 2017 13:38PM WST

With temperatures soaring across WA, many of us are reaching for our air con remotes and fans to try and keep cool. Unfortunately for those in other states with private electricity providers, this time of year means ... Read More

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