Off-peak power plan push
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.