Lisa Chesters.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has warned central Victorians not to be fooled by what she says are misleading energy saving claims by the federal government.

Ms Chesters said recent reports from the government suggesting households would be better off were misleading, and that all she was seeing was that about five per cent of customers came off high offers they should never have been on in the first place.

“The other 95 per cent of central Victorian households will see absolutely no price relief from this government.

“Under the current federal government, electricity prices have increased by nearly 19 per cent over the past three years, three times faster than wages growth – and they aren’t slowing down,” Ms Chesters said.

“The energy crisis under the Liberals has seen prices skyrocket, pollution and privatisation rise, and investor confidence smashed.

“The Liberals have put their own political fights ahead of consumers – their inability to settle on any energy policy means higher prices for families.” 

Ms Chesters said her party would deliver a 21st century energy system with more renewable energy and cheaper power, if it wins the federal election expected to be held in May.

A raft of initiatives included in Labor’s plan includes an investment in renewable energy to make Australian power 50 per cent renewable by 2030, a commitment to ease household budgets and lower power prices by better regulating power prices, targeting  one million energy saving batteries in homes and apartments and subsidising the cost for low-to-medium income households.

Ms Chesters said the plan would be good for central Victorian households, good for the economy and good for the environment.