Electricity rebate scheme extended for households, small business
Householders could earn up to $225 and small businesses up to $360 over three years with the announcement today by Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham of a three-month extension of Ergon’s Easy Pay Rewards.
“Eligible residents will receive a $75 per year rebate and small businesses $120 per year providing they opt in before the specified dates in exchange for e-billing, direct debit and bill smoothing,’’ Dr Lynham said.
“Extending this scheme is further proof of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to easing the cost of living burden on Queenslanders.’’
Dr Lynham announced the extension today in Estimates Hearings for the Natural Resources, Mines and Energy portfolio.
“The Palaszczuk Government understands that the cost of living is an issue for families and impacts on small business’ capacity to create jobs,’’ he said.
“Our $2 billion Affordable Energy Plan will continue to tackle electricity costs.
“More than 53,000 Queensland households are reducing energy usage and bills with the energy efficient appliances we helped them buy with our rebates.
“Our means-tested, interest-free loans will help more Queensland families install solar systems.
“On top of all this every household is receiving $50 off their power bill this year, and next year, and our price cap guarantees that electricity prices will not rise above inflation for two years.’’
The extension will allow customers who opt-in:
- before 30 September 2018, to receive three annual payments;
- after 30 September 2018, but before 1 April 2019, to receive two annual payments and
- after 1 April 2019, but before 1 January 2020, to receive one annual payment.
“Electricity prices are falling in Queensland, unlike under the LNP when prices rose 43 per cent over three years,’’ Dr Lynham said.
“Because Queenslanders own their assets, we are able to maintain downward pressure.’’