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    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Energy program offers efficiency tips, funds for local business

    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    Energy program offers efficiency tips, funds for local business

    Local businesses have been urged to put their hands up to join a $10 million energy program that could slash their power use.

    Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said up to 30 regional businesses state wide would receive free energy audits and up to $250,000 in State funds to implement the audits’ energy-saving tips.

    “This government is serious about reducing the impact of power prices on Queensland businesses,” he said.

    “The independent Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) has been transitioning some large electricity users to business tariffs over the past six years, and this program helps them make that transition.

    “This is a great opportunity for local businesses to get free expert advice and I’d encourage them to get on board.

    “The Queensland Productivity Commission recommended that government help large energy users with this transition and this program is one element of this support.”

    Under the program, energy experts work one-on-one with businesses to look at requirements of the new tariff they are transitioning to, then crunch the numbers on electricity usage and identify efficiencies.

    Government and businesses then go dollar-for-dollar, up to a maximum of $250,000, to implement the measures recommended to save energy.

    Ten businesses including sugar mills, manufacturing plants, farms and councils were selected to participate in the first round of the program last year. The businesses were Cairns, Toowoomba and Cassowary Coast Regional Councils; MSF Sugar, Queensland Sugar Ltd and Isis Central Sugar Mill; Howe Farming; YWAM Medical Ships Training in Townsville; Dobinsons Spring and Suspension and Bundaberg Walkers Engineering Ltd.

    Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) has been gradually phasing out legacy retail tariffs for businesses in regional Queensland because they are not based on the actual costs of supplying electricity. Ergon Energy is also working with the Government to develop a plan to transfer accounts held by government departments, statutory authorities and government-owned corporations to cost reflective tariffs. 

    The Large Customer Adjustment Program is part of the Government’s $2 billion Affordable Energy Plan, which includes a two-year cap on electricity price rises to average inflation and a $50 annual rebate over the next two years for every household.

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