Top of the list is Macquarie Generation, a state owned generator in the Hunter Valley with a couple of coal fired plants. According to Bolt, with a tax of $26 a tonne, Macquarie will have to pay $613 million in carbon taxes.
In 2010, Macquarie had total revenue of $1,157 million. Take away expenses and taxes etc, and profit ended up being $196 million.
I have seen some rather deranged comments by leftoids saying that it would be eeeeevil if companies put their prices up and "gouged" consumers.
Hmm. They make a profit of $196 million, but then get slugged with an extra $613 million in costs - and it's eeeevil of them to put their prices up?
I think not.
Still, what we do now is that in order for Macquarie to continue making a reasonable profit (it has to make a profit as it owes $800 million, and that has to be paid back out of profits), it's going to have to increase its revenue by just over 50%. Which of course will feed straight into our power bills.
Now you can argue that the purpose of the carbon tax is to force a company like Macquarie to give up coal and go renewable. However, that ignores the fact that they'll have to write off $3.4 billion worth of power stations, whilst paying off $800 million of debt. That hit of course will have to be taken by the NSW taxpayer, either through higher taxes or higher power bills. Either way, we're fucked.