Data de­tail is es­sen­tial for plan­ning

Central and North Rural Weekly - - COLUMN -

❝ Many still have no us­age data to make tar­iff se­lec­tion — Stu­art Ar­mitage, QFF

IT IS now two years un­til the end of tran­si­tional and ob­so­lete elec­tric­ity tar­iffs. From July 1, 2020 many of the tar­iffs that were specif­i­cally de­signed to meet the needs of ir­ri­ga­tion and other farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties will be phased out, leav­ing farm­ers to ne­go­ti­ate higher cost de­mand-based tar­iffs.

Queens­land Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Stu­art Ar­mitage said the stan­dard busi­ness de­mand-based tar­iff op­tions were un­suit­able for Queens­land’s agriculture sec­tor and with­out a gen­uine tran­si­tion pro­gram, farm­ers would be left in the dark.

“At the end of 2016, there were about 42,000 re­gional busi­nesses cur­rently on eight dif­fer­ent tar­iffs clas­si­fied as tran­si­tional or ob­so­lete. About 17,400 of these con­nec­tions are for farm­ing and ir­ri­ga­tion pur­poses,” Mr Ar­mitage said.

“The abil­ity for these farm busi­nesses to now ad­just in a two-year pe­riod when many still have no us­age data to make tar­iff se­lec­tion choices is un­rea­son­able, par­tic­u­larly to a de­mand tar­iff.

“The cur­rent lack of clar­ity on what tar­iffs would be suit­able for ir­ri­ga­tion and other agri­cul­tural-spe­cific op­er­a­tions, and the sig­nif­i­cant bill in­creases farm­ers will face mov­ing from tran­si­tional tar­iffs to stan­dard busi­ness de­mand-based tar­iffs is un­ac­cept­able.”

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