Affordable Energy Plan: making electricity more affordable
From 1 January 2018, more than $300 million of initiatives will make electricity more affordable for residential and business customers. Under the plan, electricity prices for typical household and small business customers will remain below inflation on average over the next 2 years.
Follow the links below to find out more about the rebates on offer and other plan initiatives.
Help for households
$50 per year electricity rebate
During 2018 and 2019, $200 million from the dividends of government-owned corporations is being returned to Queensland households in the form of a $50 per year electricity rebate.
The first $50 electricity rebate has been paid to households in 2018.
The next $50 electricity rebate is scheduled for payment in the second quarter of 2019.
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
To drive the continued uptake of solar, we have 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
The EasyPay Rewards rebate is available for regional households ($75) and small businesses ($120) that register for direct debit and monthly eBilling ($15 million over 3 years).
Energy Savvy Families
This program provides digital meters to eligible low-income families in regional Queensland to help them gain a greater understanding of when and how they use their electricity. We are investing a further $4 million to extend the program to a further 4,000 low-income households.
Removal of non-reversion policy
Up until recently, regional customers who left Ergon Energy for another electricity retailer were not able to return to Ergon. We have removed this policy for small business customers and households. These customers can now return to Ergon if they wish, and take up the EasyPay Rewards plan.
Solar for rental properties
Often tenants aren’t able to benefit from solar because landlords have little incentive to invest in it. A $4 million solar panel trial with up to 1,000 houses will provide incentives for landlords of rental properties in Bundaberg, Gladstone and Townsville to install solar for their rental tenants.
Business Energy Savers Program
This $20 million Business Energy Savers Program will benefit agricultural customers and large businesses by expanding existing energy audit programs and funding for energy efficiency upgrades.
Last updated 7 January 2019