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Campaspe News - - REFLECTIONS FROM THE PAST -

BUSI­NESSES across the Mur­ray Plains elec­torate are be­ing en­cour­aged to ap­ply for en­ergy as­sess­ment grants.

Sus­tain­abil­ity Vic­to­ria is of­fer­ing grants to el­i­gi­ble busi­nesses to carry out an en­ergy as­sess­ment and iden­tify and im­ple­ment en­ergy im­prove­ments.

Leader of the Na­tion­als and Mem­ber for Mur­ray Plains Peter Walsh urged busi­nesses to ap­ply, while also tak­ing a swipe at the Vic­to­rian Government.

‘‘In­dus­try has made it ab­so­lutely clear that the re­spon­si­bil­ity of power price rises rests with the An­drews La­bor Government and their dam­ag­ing en­ergy poli­cies to in­crease the tax on coal by $252 mil­lion and im­ple­ment a go-it-alone Vic­to­rian re­new­able en­ergy tar­get,’’ he said.

‘‘De­spite Daniel An­drews’ prom­ise to the con­trary, we now have con­fir­ma­tion that elec­tric­ity prices are about to go up by around 10 per cent, with more in­creases in store when the full im­pact of the Hazel­wood Power Plant clo­sure flows through.

‘‘I en­cour­age lo­cal busi­nesses to con­sider in­vest­ing in an en­ergy as­sess­ment grant in the con­text of what we know will be a sig­nif­i­cant cost in­crease for power be­gin­ning in 2017.’’

Fund­ing is avail­able to cover 50 per cent of the cost of an en­ergy as­sess­ment at two lev­els:

A ba­sic en­ergy as­sess­ment which pro­vides up to $2000 to­wards the cost of an as­sess­ment. This is rec­om­mended for busi­nesses spend­ing between $20,000 and $50,000 on en­ergy per an­num.

A de­tailed en­ergy as­sess­ment which pro­vides up to $6000 to­wards the cost of an as­sess­ment. This is rec­om­mended for busi­nesses spend­ing more than $50,000 on en­ergy per an­num.

A $3000 im­ple­men­ta­tion bonus is avail­able to both grant types to carry out one or more as­sess­ment rec­om­men­da­tion which will re­sult in a re­duc­tion in en­ergy at the busi­ness site.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close in Septem­ber 2017, un­less funds are fully al­lo­cated be­fore this date.

In­ter­ested busi­nesses can reg­is­ter to be sent the guide­lines and ap­pli­ca­tion form at www.sus­tain­abil­ity.vic.gov.au

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