Affordable Energy Plan: making electricity more affordable
From 1 January 2018, more than $300 million of initiatives were rolled out to make electricity more affordable for residential and business customers. The plan included the following.
Help for households
$50 per year electricity rebate
During 2018 and 2019, $200 million from the dividends of government-owned corporations was returned to Queensland households as a $50 per year dividend.
Energy efficient appliance rebate
Applications are now closed. The $20 million Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate scheme offered rebates for eligible purchases from 1 January to 3 June 2018. Air conditioners, fridges and washing machines with a minimum 4 star energy efficiency rating were eligible for a rebate of up to $300.
Interest-free loans for solar and storage
Applications are now closed. To drive the continued uptake of solar, we allocated $21 million over 3 years in no-interest loans and rebates for Queenslanders purchasing solar and battery systems.
Extra assistance for regional Queensland customers
EasyPay Rewards for regional Queensland
This program is now closed. The EasyPay Rewards rebate was made available for regional households ($75) and small businesses ($120) that registered for direct debit and monthly eBilling ($15 million over 3 years).
Energy Savvy Families
This program is now closed. We provided digital meters to 4,000 eligible low-income families in regional Queensland to help them gain a greater understanding of when and how they use their electricity.
Solar for rentals trial
Applications close on 30 June 2020. The $4 million solar for rentals trial is offering around 1,000 rebates of up to $3,500 for landlords of rental properties in the Bundaberg, Gladstone and Townsville local government areas to install solar, enabling their tenants to save on their power bills.
Business Energy Savers Program
Applications are now closed. This $20 million Business Energy Savers Program is benefiting agricultural customers and large businesses by expanding existing energy audit programs and funding for energy efficiency upgrades.
Last reviewed 06 May 2020