Last days to reg­is­ter for en­ergy tar­iff trial

Central and North Burnett Times - - FENCE POST LIFE -

ER­GON En­ergy’s agri­cul­tural tar­iff trial is still open to al­low farm­ers to get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of their elec­tric­ity bills.

The trial will give farm­ers the chance to test off-peak and de­mand-based elec­tric­ity tar­iffs un­der the Re­gional Busi­ness Sup­port Pack­age.

Queens­land Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Stu­art Ar­mitage said the ris­ing cost of elec­tric­ity con­tin­ued to be the num­ber one con­cern across the in­ten­sive agri­cul­ture sec­tor, with many farm busi­nesses ex­pe­ri­enc­ing un­sus­tain­able price in­creases.

“It is im­por­tant that farm­ers sign up to the tar­iff trial so the in­for­ma­tion needed to de­ter­mine the im­pacts of load-con­trolled and sea­sonal-de­mand tar­iffs can be de­ter­mined,” Mr Ar­mitage said.

“Across Queens­land, there are over 42,000 re­gional cus­tomers that will be tran­si­tion­ing to cost-re­flec­tive (de­mand) elec­tric­ity tar­iffs by July 1, 2020.

“A large num­ber of farm busi­nesses re­main un­aware of the chang­ing tar­iffs and how this will im­pact their busi­ness.

“The Er­gon tar­iff tri­als are a win-win for farm­ers, who may save money on the elec­tric­ity bill and re­ceive a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of their us­age through the smart me­ters avail­able through the trial.”

Any farm­ers lo­cated in the Er­gon En­ergy area can join the trial, with reg­is­tra­tions clos­ing Tues­day, May 2.

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