Queensland Minister for Energy Anthony Lynham
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Local not-for-profit organisation YWAM in Townsville has the chance to cut their power bills by up to 40 % under a $16 Million Palaszczuk Government energy initiative.
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said YWAM 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.
“YWAM employs 110 people we want to help them reduce their electricity costs so they can continue to provide jobs and a significant contribution to local economy.” Mr. Stewart 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.” Minister for Energy Dr. Anthony Lynham said.
Communities Minister and Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke said applications would open by March next year for another 30 large energy customers to join the scheme.
“I’d encourage other large electricity users in the North to put their hands up.” Minister O’Rourke said.
“You can register their interest now for the next phase, funded under the Palaszczuk Government’s $2 Billion Affordable Energy Plan.”
Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said the government was serious about finding and funding ways to help large regional customers reduce energy usage and increase productivity.
“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.” Mr. Harper said.
This initiative also supports large regional customers who are being transitioned to standard business tariffs by 1 July 2020.
Another 9 regional organisations were also selected to undergo audits:
- Cairns Regional Council
- MSF Sugar’s Tableland Mill
- Howe Farms in Mareeba
- Cassowary Coast Regional Council
- Dobinsons Spring and Suspension in Rockhampton
- Isis Central Sugar Mill at Childers
- Walkers Engineering and Queensland Sugar Limited at Bundaberg
- Toowoomba Regional Council