This report highlights the inequity experienced by people with disability when it comes to electricity use and pricing.
It finds that people with physical disability face four layers of disadvantage:
- Low incomes mean people with disability struggle to afford electricity
- Disability brings additional general costs associated with wheelchairs and medicine
- Disability brings additional energy costs associated with heating, cooling, mobility, communication and life-saving equipment
- Disability can inhibit peoples capacity to adopt energy efficiency measures.
The report includes action plans to guide government and industry on ways to reduce the disadvantage that exists in our energy markets.
The report was released by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Physical Disability Council of NSW (PDCN).