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Far North farmers get help to cut power costs

Published: 21 Aug 2015 4:33pm

Farmers and on-farm businesses can learn how to achieve greater energy efficiency at practical workshops in Mareeba and Innisfail soon.

Ergon Energy Chief Executive Ian McLeod said the workshops would provide farmers with the tools and knowledge required to minimise their energy costs and increase their profitability.

The workshops are being arranged in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Department of Energy and Water Supply and the Queensland Farmers Federation as part of the Energy Savers Plus Program, which aims to identify significant savings for many farmers by looking at their on-farm energy use.

“The Energy Savers Plus Program will selectively audit on-farm pumping, heating, cooling, lighting, processing and refrigeration and cold storage energy use,” Mr McLeod said.

“It will also identify potential savings and provide information on financing options.

“Findings from the program will be shared with all farmers and irrigators across regional Queensland to pass on the benefits of adopting new and more efficient technologies to manage and reduce electricity consumption.

“We will select farms across a wide range of agricultural sectors to participate in the Energy Savers Plus Program in consultation with the Queensland Farmers Federation and other relevant agricultural industry bodies based on the different on-farm applications of electricity.”

Mr McLeod said the workshops would include presentations about energy efficiency technologies for farms, products for financing energy efficiency projects and local case studies about on-farm energy efficiency.

“People who attend the workshops will also be able to meet technology providers, financiers and members of the Ergon and Queensland Farmers Federation teams,” he said.

Workshops will be held in Mareeba on September 1 between 2pm to 4pm and in Innisfail on September 2 between 9am and 11am.

Attendees are asked to register at least one week before their workshop by emailing esw@ergon.com.au or calling (07) 3851 6439. Further information is available from the Queensland Farmers Federation website at www.qff.org.au/energysavers.

Media Contact: Mark Timmerman
Phone: (07) 4432 8731

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