PM’s ‘blue tape’ halts the fall in power demand
AFTER five years of falling power use, Australia's electricity demand increased by 1.4% in the 2014-15 financial year.
A report by Australian National University research associate Hugh Saddler for the Australia Institute said there was still potential for greater savings through energy efficiency, but progress had been stalled since the final year of the Gillard government.
Savings on energy bills had been placed at risk by the introduction of "blue tape" policies from the Abbott government and some conservative state governments, the Power Down II report said.
The Abbott government's axing last year of the Energy Efficiencies Opportunities program - for a yearly saving of $17.7 million in administrative costs - and other moves to halt efficiency efforts meant future energy savings were likely to dissipate.
"The government has created a new colour of tape, blue tape, which ties the hands of regulators from making good rules to the benefit of business and the community," Dr Saddler said.