Preventing spread of Panama
NEW remotely read Ergon Energy power meters are helping farmers fight Panama disease in Queensland’s north.
The government is rolling out the digital devices over the coming months, with Ergon Energy due to install up to 600 meters at sites in the Tully and Innisfail areas.
Energy Minister Mark Bailey said in light of Panama TR4 biosecurity concerns and strict quarantine measures, Ergon Energy made the decision to stop all entry of their contract meter readers onto farms.
“Digital meters are a significant step in preventing the spread of Panama disease, which is a threat to the region’s important banana industry,” Mr Bailey said.
“The meters will be read remotely using the 3G/4G telecommunication networks.
“The digital meters will also allow faster access to data – this can be used by farmers to make better decisions on tariff options and improve their energy consumption.”
For information call Ergon Energy on 13 74 66.
GOOD MOVE: New remotely accessed energy meters will help in the fight against Panama disease.