Yeah, sure it’s about reducing carbon dioxide emissions…
WA families already paying a premium for clean, green power will still be slugged with the carbon tax, despite renewable energy producing no greenhouse gas emissions.
In a blow to households doing their bit to help the environment, electricity retailer Synergy confirmed the carbon tax would be passed on to all its customers, including those who buy energy generated by solar and wind power.
The State-owned utility justified its decision after claiming it could not distinguish between renewable energy and energy produced from fossil fuels supplied to households.
Synergy has 7800 GreenPower customers, who can have up to 100 per cent of their power produced from renewable sources.
With the introduction of the carbon tax on Sunday, Synergy lifted its tariff for residential customers by 2.255¢ per kilowatt hour to cover the Federal Government’s $23 a tonne impost on emissions.
But instead of cutting the same amount off the 6.1¢ per kWh premium that households who opt for renewable energy are charged, Synergy has only shaved 0.65¢.
For an average household using 100 per cent renewable energy, the carbon tax will work out at $93 a year.