In 2020 Ergon are removing some transitional tariffs that are going to affect farmers and businesses in Regional Queensland. For some businesses this change will enable them to save on their energy costs but for others it might mean higher energy rates.
What Tariffs are being removed?
Ergon are removing 4 tariffs that will affect businesses and 3 that will affect farmers. Below is a list of the tariffs that will expire and Ergon’s suggested alternative tariffs.
|Current Tariff||Type of business||Transitional tariff type||Alternative tariffs to consider|
|21||Small or large||Anytime use||20 (most common), 22A, 24, 41, 44, 45, 46, 50|
|20L||Large||Anytime use||44, 45, 46, 50|
|22L||Small or large||Time of use||20, 22A, 24, 41, 44, 45, 46, 50|
|37||Small or large||Time of use||20, 22A, 24, 44, 45, 46, 50|
|62||Farming||Time of use||20, 22A, 24, 41, 44, 45, 46, 50|
|65||Farming||Time of use||20, 22A, 24, 41, 44, 45, 46, 50|
|66||Farming||Time of use||20, 22A, 24, 41, 44, 45, 46, 50|
Why are these tariffs expiring?
These tariff changes are part of a government tariff reform in Queensland.
What should I do?
These tariff changes are happening and the best thing you can to is research your options. Make sure you know the benefits and disadvantages of all the alternatives tariffs so that you can make the right choice when the time comes. If you fail to change your tariff, you will be appointed a new default one and it may not be the best one for your business. Make the most of your current tariff while your still have it and set yourself a reminder to change it before 30th June 2020.
How can I protect my business?
For some, these tariff changes will be positive, and you might see reduced energy costs. However, for others, these changes could result in higher energy rates and negatively affect your business.
An option to protect your business is to make the switch to solar. You might be thinking that we’re just taking the opportunity to sell you something, but in this case, it might be your best solution. If your only option is to switch to tariffs that will increase your energy prices, considering solar is worthwhile.
What if I can’t afford solar?
Horan & Bird can offer our customers a service call Solar Flex. This service enables homes and businesses to make the switch to solar without the capital outlay. In return, you simply pay us for what the system generates but at a reduced rate. This is a great option for those that will be affected by tariff changes as it gives businesses the opportunity to lock in a low daytime energy rate and reduce their risks associated with new tariffs.
Shonice is Horan & Bird’s Marketing Executive. She graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Business Management, majoring in Marketing and has been a part of the H&B team for 12 months. When Shonice isn’t managing H&B’s Marketing, she enjoys being active or kicking back with a Margarita.