Instant cash from energy class action for Queenslanders

More than 40,000 electricity customers – households and small businesses – signed up for the class action, filed by law firm Piper Alderman. However, 1.2 million Queenslanders are still eligible. Australia’s largest energy class action is seeking to prove that two big electricity generators deliberately inflated consumers’ electricity bill.

The case is being brought against two Queensland state-owned electricity generators, Stanwell and CS Energy.

Anyone who paid for electricity in Queensland between January 20, 2015, and January 20, 2021, was eligible to register for the case. And, because so many people are impacted Piper Alderman has indicated that it will apply to join new registrants to the action so that there will be a final opportunity for electricity consumers to get their money back if they wish to join.

It doesn’t cost anything to join the action and it is being fought on a “no win, no fee” basis. Consumer Network One Big Switch recently jumped on board and is also encouraging its members to sign up.
“It’s cost and obligation-free to join this campaign you’re not losing anything,” One Big Switch’s David Liston said.

The unlawful conduct occurred at the generation stage, and your retailer simply passed that cost through to consumers. This is why this action is available to all Queensland businesses and residents.

Piper Alderman’s team believes it has found evidence that Stanwell and CS Energy manipulated the wholesale cost of electricity for their own profit.

Because these two generators are state owned, the law firm says the price increase essentially amounts to a hidden tax paid by all Queenslanders without their knowledge.

We brought this action on behalf of Queensland based businesses and households who have all been affected. The conduct of Stanwell and CS Energy has had a devastating effect on the Queensland economy,” Whyte said

CS Energy and Stanwell said they will defend the action, with both strongly rejecting all of Piper Alderman’s claims.

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