The Victorian Default Offer (VDO) set by the Essential Services Commission and commencing on 1 January 2020 is a reasonable reflection of actual cost pressures on electricity retailers. But it again reinforces that competitive market deals are the best option for households, the Australian Energy Council said today.
The Essential Services Commission has flagged that its decision released today reflects upward pressure on wholesale prices and increased network costs.
The Australian Energy Council’s Chief Executive, Sarah McNamara, the VDO only applies to around 5 per cent of Victorian customers.
“It’s important to remember that most Victorians are on competitive deals rather than the regulated offer, so today’s decision will not impact their bills.
“Our message is to stay on or switch to a market deal with your retailer rather than rely on the regulator setting the VDO because it will save you money.”
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