Tasmania can power itself on hydro - but the electric bill isn't immune to price hikes - ABC News

Tasmania can power itself on hydro – but the electric bill isn’t immune to price hikes – ABC News

Tasmanians have been told to prepare for the biggest increase in electricity prices in a decade as spiraling wholesale electricity costs take their toll on the island nation.

Energy consultant Mark White expects an orderly price hike of more than 10 per cent to be announced later this month, and is calling for state government intervention to keep them in the “modest” range of 5 to 10 per cent.

Tasmania’s electricity system and prices differ slightly from the mainland, but issues plaguing the rest of the nation will still have an impact.

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Electricity bills in Tasmania are usually slightly lower than in Victoria.(ABC: Jackie Street)

Who sets energy prices in Tasmania?

Tasmania’s economic regulator sets a so-called “permanent supply,” which is the maximum price consumers pay for the electricity they use.

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