Queensland Minister for Energy Anthony Lynham
Regional Businesses Plug Into Power Cost-Cutter
Victor P Taffa
Local manufacturer Dobinsons Spring and Suspension has the chance to cut their power bill by up to 40 % under a $16 Million Palaszczuk Government energy initiative.
Energy Minister Dr. Anthony Lynham said Dobinsons 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 Dobinsons’ electricity costs so they 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 to 40 % for large industrial customers.”
“Government will fund up to 50 % towards the costs of implementing the audit recommendations.”
Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke congratulated Dobinsons, who employ nearly 50 people making springs and suspension equipment for customer across Australia.
He encouraged other Central Queensland organisations to put their hands up for the scheme.
“Applications open by March next year for another 30 large energy customers to join this scheme.” Mr. O’Rourke said.
“I’d like to see other CQ organisations registering their interest now for the next phase, funded under the Palaszczuk Government’s $2 Billion Affordable Energy Plan.”
“This government is 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. O’Rourke 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 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
- Toowoomba Regional Council