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Volume 7 Issue 3 - 22 April 2016

Off Peak / Load Control Tariff Changes

Off Peak / Load Control Tariff Update
In response to the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) ruling of November 2014 that Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) develop more cost-reflective tariffs to provide customers with greater choice over how they use energy and derive benefits from new technologies, Energex has been investigating expanding tariff options available to customers in South East Queensland (SEQ).
Yesterday’s electrical contractor update was intended to notify industry of the proposed new tariffs that may be available from 1 July 2016, subject to approval by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) in May 2016.  
The update incorrectly stated that there would be a change to the terms and conditions surrounding the type of appliances that can be connected to off-peak tariffs, Tariff 31 and Tariff 33.  Energex apologises for this error and confirms that the current terms and conditions around the type of appliances able to be connect to Tariff 31 and Tariff 33 remains. 
Post July 2016, if approved by the AER, Energex does plan to provide greater tariff choices to customers by introducing an additional new residential demand tariff - NTC7000 - with a new load control tariff option - NTC 7300 -  that will enable customers with AS4755 compatible appliances, such as PeakSmart air-conditioners to also take advantage of reduced electricity costs.
Energex can confirm that the new residential demand tariff options - NTC 7000 and NTC 7300 - are voluntary and will run parallel to existing residential tariffs - Tariff 11, Tariff 31 and Tariff 33.  
The mix of existing and proposed additional tariffs has been developed to provide customers greater choice over how and when they use electricity in the home and take advantage of new load control technologies available in the market.
Further information around tariff reform and the additional tariffs planned for FY 2016/17 will be communicated with electrical contractors in the coming weeks.

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