There are 17,400 connections on transitional farming and irrigation tariffs, tariff 62, 65 and 66. Of these connections, 98 per cent are classified as small customers using less than 100MWh per year of electricity.
From 1 July 2020 some of these customers are facing price increases of between 50 to 100 per cent. These farmers and irrigators need a helping hand to invest in smart meters, energy audits, energy-efficient technology or to pay their rising power bills.
Labor has done nothing to help these farmers and instead have blamed them for their energy use.
The LNP’s energy policy has always been based on affordability and security, not ideology.
In government, the LNP:
- Capped electricity price increases on transitional tariffs
- Established the Agriculture Energy and Water Council that was actively addressing issues such as tariff reform to tackle spiralling prices
- Opposed the Carbon Tax, that nearly doubled the price of wholesale electricity in Queensland
- Reduced wasteful expenditure on network infrastructure by $7 billion which would have increased electricity prices, and
- Maintained the Uniform Tariff Policy to ensure regional Queenslanders don’t pay more than those in southeast Queensland for electricity.
OUR REAL PLAN
A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will provide a $1,400 transition payment each year for up to three years to farmers and irrigators on obsolete and transitional tariffs 62, 65 and 66.
Farmers can use the transition payment for any purpose. However, it is hoped the assistance will be invested in smart meters, energy audits, energy-efficient technology or just paying down rising power bills.
The obsolete and transitional tariffs will be closed to new entrants and the transition payment will be available by application.