More power suppliers answer to huge bills: Industry leader

A LEADING professional in the smart energy industry believes more power supply companies should be encouraged to set up shop in regional Queensland.

Dr Abdul Memon, Solution Marketing's South Pacific region director, spoke at the Huawei Global Electric Power Industry Summit in Brisbane yesterday.

Senior power industry representatives from more than a dozen countries, including China, Korea, Germany, England and a number from the African continent attended the summit.

The theme was empowering a better connected smart grid.

Dr Memon told APN it was important consumers had a choice between suppliers to keep costs down.

He said the regulatory body should be encouraging energy suppliers to look into working in regional areas with only one power supply company.

Dr Memon said the Newman government's plans to seek private sector investment for state-owned power poles and wires could be positive if it brought large power suppliers to the region.

He said it would impact consumers negatively if small companies invested in the poles and wires.

- APN NEWSDESK



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