Minister for   Energy  Anthony Lynham announced regional businesses and farmers would have until 2021 to switch tariffs.
Minister for Energy Anthony Lynham announced regional businesses and farmers would have until 2021 to switch tariffs. Molly Hancock

Regional farmers, businesses win tariff extension

REGIONAL businesses and farmers will have an extra year to move to standard electricity tariffs that businesses in the rest of the state pay, the Palaszczuk Government announced.

Energy Minister Anthony Lynham said more than 30,000 customers on a collection of obsolete and transitional electricity tariffs, some of which are more than 25 years old, would have until June 30 2021 to move.

Dr Lynham urged users to call the Ergon Energy hotline (1300 554 029), as thousands of customers who had yet to switch to standard business tariffs were missing out on savings.

"We've listened to our regional businesses and farmers and we've given them another year to make the move that's been underway now for six years,” he said.

"For some of them, that's going to mean significant savings this year.

"It will give farmers and regional businesses extra time to look at options for saving power, such as how and when they use electricity, or installing more efficient irrigation pumps, refrigeration systems, LED lighting or solar panels.”

Dr Lynham said his department had worked closely with Ergon Energy, farmers and businesses to help them transition to tariffs that best meet their needs.

"We've invested $30million across a range of programs and initiatives to help business adopt energy efficiency measures and reduce power costs,” he said. "Extending the deadline will give them more time to make the most informed decision.”

The independent Queensland Competition Authority starting phasing out regional tariffs in 2012. After July 1, new customers will be unable to sign up for them.


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