Elec­tric­ity trial to test peak-use pe­ri­ods

Pilbara News - - News - Daniel Mercer

Elec­tric­ity users will pay more to turn on their lights or run dish­wash­ers in peak-de­mand pe­ri­ods as part of a trial by the State’s re­gional power provider.

Un­der a plan to test the vi­a­bil­ity of so-called time-of-use tar­iffs, Hori­zon Power will charge cus­tomers in Port Hed­land more to use elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances at times when strain on the grid is high. Par­tic­i­pants will be charged far less to use power out­side peak-de­mand times — be­tween 1pm and 8pm — to en­cour­age them to shift their use to qui­eter times.

Up to 500 house­holds and busi­nesses, in­clud­ing Coles and po­ten­tially BHP Bil­li­ton, will take part in the trial be­tween De­cem­ber and March.

The pric­ing model will be sim­i­lar to a mo­bile phone plan, with cus­tomers to pay monthly for a spec­i­fied amount, or quota, of elec­tric­ity.

Although us­age over a quota can no­tion­ally in­cur penalty rates, Hori­zon does not plan to im­pose them dur­ing the trial.

In­stead, the State-owned util­ity will of­fer fi­nan­cial re­wards to cus­tomers who use less than their agreed lim­its to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion.

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