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Audit findings to help farmers cut power costs

Published: 31 Jul 2015 1:46pm

Farmers and on-farm businesses can learn how to achieve greater energy efficiency through a series of practical workshops across the State in the next few weeks.

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.

There will be 11 workshops held in regional centres across the State.

  • Applethorpe,  2–4 pm Tuesday, 11 August
  • Dalby,  2–4 pm Wednesday, 12 August
  • Gatton,  9–11am Thursday 13 August
  • Emerald,  2–4 pm Tuesday, 25 August
  • Bundaberg,  2–4 pm Wednesday, 26 August
  • Maryborough,  9–11 am Thursday, 27 August
  • Mareeba,   2–4 pm Tuesday, 1 September
  • Innisfail,  9–11 am Wednesday, 2 September
  • Ayr,  2–4 pm Tuesday, 8 September
  • Bowen,  2–4 pm Wednesday, 9 September
  • Mackay,  9–11 am Thursday, 10 September

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: Rod Rehbein
Phone: 4153 9813 or 0407 031 072

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