Supporters of electricity privatisation are misleading voters by peddling the myth that transport costs for Ausgrid's control room staff are responsible for rising power bills, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye
('Power bills surge thanks to Ausgrid workers spend $240,000 on taxis a year', Daily Telegraphy, 14 June 2014, http://j.mp/1lueL9T
Dr Kaye said: "Ausgrid's transport costs for control-room workers are $240,000 a year, while its total revenues are more than $3.3 billion a year.
"Less than 0.008 percent of household bills go to ensuring that there are highly qualified controllers at the wires and poles utility's nerve centre keeping the lights.
"At 15 cents a year it's a small price for consumers to pay to ensure that reliability-critical staff can get to work.
"It is absurd to claim that it has anything to do with the $1,000 increase in average annual household bills over the past six years.