User Pays for Desal

Water bills could rise under a new arrangement which will see Sydney’s desalination plant pass on its electricity-trading losses and gains.

In what the opposition called an ‘unprecedented change to the rules of the game’ the state government has written to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal to change the rules under which Kurnell’s desalination plant operates.

The changes would mean that Sydney’s 4.5 million water users pay the difference between the purchase and sale price of electricity.