Off-peak power plan push

Broome Advertiser - - News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

A scheme that could mean elec­tric­ity users are charged dif­fer­ently de­pend­ing on when they use their en­ergy could be set to roll out soon.

Fol­low­ing Hori­zon Power’s Power Ahead re­search pi­lot, which ended in March, the elec­tric­ity provider is now work­ing with the Govern­ment on the de­vel­op­ment of the next stage of the “pric­ing prod­uct”.

It is un­der­stood Port Hed­land and Broome are the likely next ar­eas for the scheme, which Hori­zon says al­lows cus­tomers to more flex­i­bly con­trol their elec­tric­ity use and, there­fore, their bills.

More than 400 cus­tomers from Port Hed­land vol­un­teered to take part in the orig­i­nal pi­lot pro­gram, 84 per cent of whom claimed they were able to re­duce their elec­tric­ity us­age at peaks times.

Par­tic­i­pants were chal­lenged to keep their elec­tric­ity use within a set unit al­lowance dur­ing peak times in or­der to earn a fi­nan­cial in­cen­tive of be­tween $100 to $1100 for res­i­dents and up to $3200 for busi­nesses, with 398 par­tic­i­pants re­ceiv­ing the fi­nan­cial in­cen­tive.

A Hori­zon Power spokes­woman said Broome and Port Hed­land were just two of the towns they were con­sid­er­ing to in­tro­duce the new prod­uct.

How­ever, a fi­nal de­ci­sion had not been made and was sub­ject to govern­ment ap­proval.

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