Making our energy system fairer, cheaper and cleaner
Our electricity system is in bad shape. Power bills have skyrocketed in recent years, mainly because of unnecessary investment in new poles and wires.
More than one million Australians have invested in solar panels on their homes and businesses, but many of them aren't being paid fairly for the clean power they produce.
Meanwhile, huge opportunities to save energy and reduce ‘peak' electricity demand have been ignored.
The old parties know that these problems exist, but they lack the courage to stand up to the big energy companies and State Governments to take cost pressure off Australians and cut pollution.
The Energy Savings Agency
These problems are complex. We need a cut-through solution. That's why we're announcing our plan for an independent Energy Savings Agency, which would work to fix Australia's energy network.
The Energy Savings Agency will have three priorities:
- Help Australians generate their own power with a fair price for clean energy they produce, for example from rooftop solar systems.
- Bring down power bills by achieving $1 billion in energy savings every year, comprising of avoided network investment and customer energy savings.
- Design a National Energy Efficiency Scheme, expanding three existing state-based schemes to save energy and money at home and work.