NSW Liberals given support from Unions in Electricity fight

THE NSW Government is copping flak from Labor while receiving uncommon support from unions over its challenge to the Australian Energy Regulator's decision to cut electricity prices.

Proposed cuts to electricity companies' revenue allowances stand to save average households an average $313 a year on power bills in regional NSW.

But Networks NSW, which includes Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy, has vowed to appeal the regulations.

Premier Mike Baird and the Electrical Trades Union have both rejected the AER's cut-backs, saying it will create blackouts, job losses and increase the chance of devastating bushfires throughout the state.

Shadow Energy Minister Gary Gray has called on the Baird Government to abandon its challenge.

"The evidence suggests that the distribution businesses in NSW and the ACT are not operating as efficiently as other networks. Every family and business is paying higher energy prices," he said.

"It looks like they are trying to fatten the electricity network chook before taking it to the privatisation market.

"The AER's job is not to maximise the NSW Government's revenue or the price it gets through privatisation at the expense of NSW and ACT consumers." -APN NEWSDESK



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