Business Energy Savers Program

The Business Energy Savers Program, an initiative under the Affordable Energy Plan, has provided free energy audits for agricultural customers and large business customers, and co-contributions to fund energy efficiency solutions.

The program provides energy audits for businesses covering a broad range of industry sectors that are vital to our economy, and advice to businesses on how they can reduce their electricity costs by using electricity more efficiently.

It includes the Energy Savers Plus Program Extension (for agricultural businesses) and the Large Customer Adjustment Program (for large electricity users) in rural and regional Queensland.

Energy Savers Plus Program Extension

This program provided free energy audits and funding to help 180 Queensland agricultural businesses improve their energy efficiency. Participants were selected to ensure representation from across the agricultural sector and rural and regional Queensland.

Participants received:

  • a free, independent electricity audit to identify better ways to manage their electricity use in areas such as heating, pumping, cooling and lighting
  • funding to implement audit recommendations, including plant and equipment upgrades.

The Queensland Government worked with Queensland Farmers' Federation to deliver the program.

Energy audits

Energy audits for all agricultural customer participants have been completed. The audits identified over $3 million in potential energy savings for a diverse group of farms across rural and regional Queensland.

Co-contribution grants

Co-contribution grants of up to $20,000 per customer were made available to assist participating businesses to implement audit recommendations. The audits and grants have enabled participants to implement energy efficiency improvements in:

  • irrigation
  • pumping
  • packing
  • refrigeration
  • ventilation
  • heating
  • lighting
  • processing
  • overall consumption.

Applications for co-contribution grants have closed.

Case studies

A range of case studies and information on farm energy efficiency, productivity and management is now available on the Queensland Farmers’ Federation website.

This program and the preceding Energy Savers Plus Program have delivered 276 free energy audits. Read about energy savings ideas for agricultural businesses for more case study information to assist the broader farming community with tariff design, energy efficiency and energy savings.

Large Customer Adjustment Program

Expanding on the Large Customer Adjustment Trial, the Large Customer Adjustment Program is delivering additional audits and co-contributions of up to $250,000 to encourage large electricity customers in rural and regional Queensland to implement the audit recommendations.

Applications for the Large Customer Adjustment Program have closed.

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