Power bills in South Australia could go up after SA Power Networks submitted a proposal to increase electricity distribution charges.

According to the opposition, the increase would raise residential bills by $46 and small to medium-sized business bills by $179 a year.

Shadow Minister for Energy Tom Koutsantonis said on Thursday:

“I don’t understand how SA Power Networks can justify this increase in prices.

“SA Power Networks and the Marshall Liberal Government are claiming that they will increase power prices this year, but that they’ll decrease them a year from now. Why not leave them the way that they are?

“This Liberal Government needs to explain why it was a good idea to privatise these assets in the first place.

“Steven Marshall’s promise was clear: Electricity prices would go down. Instead, after more than a year in Government, we are finding prices are going up.”