Aurora merger jobs toll still unclear

It is still unclear how many jobs will be shed under plans to merge Aurora Energy's poles and wires business and Transend.

The Tasmanian Government is amalgamating the state-owned energy companies to allow for the sell-off of Aurora's retail business.

The move will give all Tasmanian's a choice of power provider.

The Energy Minister, Bryan Green, says he is appointing a new board to oversee the amalgamation.

It will include an independent chairman and two board members each from the existing Aurora and Transend boards.

Mr Green says the overhaul of Tasmania's energy market is running to schedule but he can not say what the jobs toll will be.

"I don't have a figure on that specifically but...we are doing everything we possible can to ensure that we minimise job losses," he said.

"We're looking to utilise the fact that we do have a retail business through Hydro in Momentum to utilise those people.

"Already some people have come across as a result of the call centre being established here in Hobart." The Opposition fears the overhaul of the state's energy industry is becoming a "bureaucratic tangle".

The Deputy Opposition Leader Jeremy Rockliff is against the creation of the board.

"[It's] another layer of bureaucracy when really all we want, all consumers want, is to see their power prices reduced." Mr Green says the board is needed.

"Most smart people would believe that it's best to have a new board working on the issues of transition." He says the amalgamation will save taxpayers $8 million a year.

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