Queensland's government says there will be no power asset sales in the state without an electoral mandate.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has given state governments a December deadline to take the pressure off power prices or face ''the big stick of regulation''.
The federal government's next energy white paper will urge the states to privatise power assets.
But Queensland Energy Minister Mark McArdle said the federal government's ''grandstanding'' on the issue would have no effect in his state. Any proposed power asset sales would be put to voters at the next state election.
''The Newman government has made it clear that privatisation would not occur without receiving a mandate from voters at an election,'' Mr McArdle said.
Mr McArdle claims Queensland's coal-fired power assets have lost significant value since the introduction of the carbon tax.
Taxpayers could lose ''more than $1.5 billion'' if they were privatised, he said.
The NSW government is forcing electricity retailers to mislead consumers by compelling them to print on every household power bill that the ''Federal carbon tax and green energy schemes add about $316 a year'', the federal government says.
The Climate Change Minister, Greg Combet, said the carbon price accounts for just $168 of the $316 while two of the ''green energy schemes'' are state government schemes and the other has the support of federal and state governments and are bipartisan.
The O'Farrell government made the politically charged power bill warnings a condition of having a licence to supply electricity in NSW.
A copy of the state government regulations sent to retailers and obtained by The Sun-Herald shows the NSW government dictates the exact wording of the warning, the size and colour of the font, and where it should appear on the bill.
The directive said the words must appear on the first page of the bill, ''be published in Arial font with a minimum font size of 12 points'', be ''in red colour known as Pantone 186C'' and ''appear with no other words against a white background within a border''.
The warning cites as the source of the $316 figure the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, which approves prices in NSW, and demands it be updated as IPART updates its estimates.
However, IPART's website says the $316 impact on a typical 7MWh household bill is comprised of $168 for the carbon price. The state government''s climate change levy is worth $34 and its energy savings scheme another $13. The renewable energy target, a policy with state, federal and bipartisan support, is worth $102.