Farm­ers to save money on power

Western Times - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND farm­ers are be­ing en­cour­aged to sign up to the Agri­cul­tural Tar­iff Trial to get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of their elec­tric­ity us­age and to save money on their elec­tric­ity bill.

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

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

The Queens­land Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion (QFF) and in­dus­try mem­bers Cane­grow­ers and Cot­ton Aus­tralia have been in­volved in plan­ning and pro­mot­ing the trial that is now re­cruit­ing up to 200 farm­ers in the state.

QFF is work­ing with Er­gon En­ergy, who is ad­min­is­ter­ing the trial, to en­sure it re­mains rel­e­vant to users cur­rently in a drought de­clared area and ac­cess­ing drought as­sis­tance.

QFF pres­i­dent Stu­art Ar­mitage said that the ris­ing cost of elec­tric­ity continues 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. This in­for­ma­tion will be crit­i­cal as the cur­rent agri­cul­tural tar­iffs are phased out,” he 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 post July 1, 2020.”

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