Victorian householders are facing another five per cent rise in their electricity bills next year.
The increase follows an Australian Energy Regulator decision to approve an increase in electricity network tariffs, for the state's five service providers.
The regulator says the increase in network charges will add another $80 to the average $1,900 residential bill.
The regulator's chairman, Andrew Reeves, says he appreciates that price rises are difficult, but the increase is necessary to maintain the state's electricity network.
"There does have to be some expenditure on the network to maintain reliable supply and in some cases, there has been additional expenditure related to bushfire safety," he said.
The state opposition is accusing the Baillieu Government of abandoning a promise to cut the cost of living.
The opposition's cost of living spokeswoman, Lily D'Ambrosio, says the government has again failed to live up to its promise.
"The Premier and his energy minister beat their chests for many months up until the election, saying that they were going to take a tough approach to tackling mounting costs of electricity and standing up to distribution businesses." "We've seen nothing of the sort," she said.