News

Solar boom means rising power costs for some Qlders

The Solar Bonus Scheme now offers 8c per kWh and will end mid-2014.
The Solar Bonus Scheme now offers 8c per kWh and will end mid-2014. Trevor Veale

HOUSEHOLDS generating solar power through bonus schemes since 2008 could force annual electricity bills up $276, about 17%, by 2015-16 as the cost is passed onto other network users.

The Queensland Competition Authority has recommended solar-powered homeowners switch to time-of-use prices to avoid the inequitable cost recovery "from those customers least able to afford them".

The QCA also has recommended a regulated 7.06c to 14.05c tariff per kWh in regional Queensland while encouraging a more competitive household solar power market in South East Queensland.

Energy Minister Mark McArdle asked the QCA to report on a fair and reasonable feed-in tariff for small scale solar generation in Queensland.

The QCA believes the time-of-use tariff for solar households could ameliorate the effect on other customers by making power more expensive at night when there is increased demand.

"It would go some way to reducing the problem of (solar) customers avoiding a portion of the true cost of their network access due to their net consumption profile, which leads to higher average variable network charges," the QCA report read.

The report says the number of small-scale solar photovoltaic installations has "exceeded all expectations" since the Queensland Government introduced the Solar Bonus Scheme in 2008.

The number has increased from less than 6000 in 2008-09 to more than 260,000 at December, 2012.

The QCA report described the initial scheme as "exceptionally generous", offering customers 44c per kWh for their net power entering the network.

An interim scheme, implemented last July after a change of government, now offers 8c per kWh and will end in mid-2014.

While the original scheme has closed, eligible customers will continue to receive the higher 44c rate until 2028.

"Surprising as it may be for some consumers, there is no magic pudding when it comes to electricity prices," the report reads.

"If one group of consumers enjoys a benefit in excess of the true savings they make, or enjoys prices below the cost of their consumption, other electricity customers have to pay the price of those excess benefits or lower prices.

"When those doing the paying are likely those least able to afford it and those enjoying the benefits are those likely to be most able to afford to meet their true costs, then something is truly wrong."

The cost of direct feed-in tariff payments under the 44c and 8c per kWh schemes is expected to total about $3 billion by the end of 2028.

The QCA also recommended electricity retailers should fund future feed-in tariff schemes instead of government-owned entities.

Topics:  electricity queensland government solar bonus scheme solar power


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Farmers turn to 'Airbnb for campers' for their survival

Calvert farmer Dave Colgan is looking at joining Youcamp to boost his income.

"There aren't many who are able to make a go of it just farming"

Why don't they campaign for daylight saving in winter?

IDEAS: Change the clocks altogether, forever.

Another take on this age old debate

Married At First Sight: Ipswich bachelor seeks love

READY FOR IT: Ipswich man Simon McQuillan will appear on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

Romance would top off recovery for Booval man

Local Partners

Naked woman seen wandering main street

POLICE received several Triple-0 calls this morning after commuters were met with a rather unusual sight, right in the middle of Ipswich.

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

Your guide to a great night out

The Village Festival in August featured Aussie music icons Mark Seymour and James Reyne.

Check out some live music in Ipswich this weekend

Ocean Sleeper discuss being 'Six Feet Down'.

Ocean Sleeper make waves with their new EP. Photo Contributed

Gippsland band shines at Unify

Bowie's final music EP No Plan released

NEW: Artwork for David Bowie's posthumous 2016 EP, No Plan.

David Bowie's 28th and final album

Married At First Sight: Ipswich bachelor seeks love

READY FOR IT: Ipswich man Simon McQuillan will appear on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

Romance would top off recovery for Booval man

Dinky-di Denyer: Family Feud favourite hosts Oz Day party

Grant Denyer will host Channel 10's Australia Day concert from the Sydney Opera House.

GRANT Denyer shares his Australia Day traditions ahead of concert.

Chelsea Handler blames the Kardashians for Donald Trump win

Chelsea Handler pictured in a scene from her talk show in Los Angeles.

TALK show host blames rise of reality TV family for election result.

Law & Order’s Trump inspired episode is still in limbo

The cast of Law & Order: SVU season 18, from left, Kelli Giddish, Raul Esparza, Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Peter Scanavino. Supplied by Channel 10.

SHOW'S mastermind unsure if or when twice-delayed episode will air.

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Looking back, looking ahead in Noosa

NEVER-ENDING GLORY: Looking towards Laguna Bay and Hastings St from Noosa National Park.

Natural appeal of Noosa continues to attract buyers

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!