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Queensland Minister for Energy Anthony Lynham

Council Plugs Into Palaszczuk Government Power Cost-Cutter

Victor P Taffa

Toowoomba Regional Council has the chance to cut its power bill by up to 40 % under a $16 Million Palaszczuk Government energy initiative.

Energy Minister Dr. Anthony Lynham said council had been selected to get free independent energy audits, including comprehensive advice on energy management strategies and advice on the standard electricity tariff that best suits them.

“We want to help them reduce electricity costs so Toowoomba Regional Council can continue to provide jobs and a significant contribution to the local economy.” Dr. Lynham said.

“This initiative is expected to deliver savings of 10-40 % for large industrial customers.”

“Government will fund up to 50 % towards the costs of implementing the audit recommendations.”

Dr. Lynham encouraged other large energy users, particularly the region’s many manufacturers, to put their hands up for the scheme.

“Applications will open by March next year for another 30 large energy customers to join the scheme.” Dr. Lynham said.

“Energy costs are a significant for manufacturing and we are serious about finding and funding ways to help businesses reduce their power bill, increase productivity and create jobs.”

“Large energy customers can register their interest now for the next phase, funded under the Palaszczuk Government’s $2 Billion Affordable Energy Plan.” Dr. Lynham said.

“This initiative also provides support to large customers in regional Queensland who are on obsolete electricity tariffs that the Queensland Competition Authority is transitioning to standard business tariffs by 1 July 2020.”

“It’s only because we retained our electricity assets that we’ve been able to reinvest the dividends to support Queensland consumers, with initiatives like this.” Dr. Lynham said.

Another 9 regional organisations were also selected to undergo audits:

  • Cairns Regional Council
  • MSF Sugar and Howe Farms at Mareeba
  • Cassowary Coast Regional Council
  • YWAM in Townsville
  • Isis Central Sugar Mill at Childers
  • Walkers Engineering and Queensland Sugar Limited at Bundaberg
  • Dobinsons Spring and Suspension in Rockhampton

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