The Queensland Government’s affordable energy initiative is gaining traction with more electricity consumers across the state receiving better power price deals.
QLD Minister for Energy, Dr Anthony Lynham, has welcomed Alinta Energy boosting its discount offer to more than 100,000 existing south-east Queensland customers.
Meanwhile, more than 7000 regional Queensland customers have pocketed rewards for taking up flexible billing options with Ergon, the state’s publicly-owned regional electricity retailer.
“Customers across the state have switched on to incentives and offers available to trim their power bills,” Dr Lynham said.
“Our $2 billion Affordable Energy Plan is well and truly starting to kick in for Queenslander households and small business.”
Alinta Energy has also increased its discount on energy usage rates for its 100,000-plus customers in south-east Queensland from 25 per cent to 28 per cent.
The new deal will be extended to existing customers, as well as new sign-ons, and is worth about $400 per annum to an average customer.
“Alinta Energy has secured more than 100,000 customers in SEQ in the past six months, which highlights that many people were obviously looking for a better deal on their electricity bills,” Dr Lynham said.
Across regional Queensland more than 7000 customers have registered for and are receiving their easy pay reward payments from Ergon – $75 for households and $120 for small businesses.
Dr Lynham said most of these were households and he encouraged regional small businesses to take advantage of the offer.
“I also encourage South-East Queenslanders to shop around and choose the electricity retailer that offers the best deal for them,” Dr Lynham said.
“Almost every SEQ electricity retailer has signed up to our Affordable Energy Pledge to pass on all the savings to consumers that the government is making in our publicly-owned electricity system.
“A Queensland Competition Authority report recently showed that shopping around could deliver annual savings of up to $588 for SEQ households.
“We are mounting an all-out attack on electricity prices: consumers to make sure they aren’t missing out.”
Under its Affordable Energy Plan, the government is also providing:
- A two-year cap on electricity price rises to average inflation
- A $50 annual rebate over the next two years, as a dividend for customers from the publicly-owned electricity businesses.