New $6 million energy trial for Queensland businesses

A $6 million trial launched today by the Queensland government aims to help large electricity customers in regional Queensland reduce their electricity bills and more efficiently use energy.

Minister for Energy Mark Bailey said up to 10 businesses would participate in the Large Customer Adjustment Trial.

“The trial will provide these large customers with free and independent energy audits, including comprehensive advice on energy management strategies and the standard electricity tariff best suited to their particular circumstances,” he said.

“Businesses that agree to progress to the trial’s next step can save up to 50 per cent of the costs to implement the energy audit’s recommendations.

“My department is working closely with Energy Queensland to recruit up to 10 businesses to participate in the trial, which is expected to run for 12 months.

“More than 100 eligible businesses, across a wide range of industries, will be invited to apply based on their projected electricity bills after switching tariffs.

“Other large regional businesses are also welcome to apply if they believe they could benefit from participating in the trial.”

Mr Bailey said the government was trialing innovative ways to help large electricity customers adjust to more modern electricity tariffs.

The trial is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $10 million Regional Business Customer Support Package.

“Apart from potentially saving participants money and improving their energy efficiency, the trial will also provide information that can be used by other large customers affected by changes in regional business tariffs,” Mr Bailey said.