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Queenslanders: Have your say on our energy future

Published: 27 Nov 2020 12:20pm

The Queensland Government-owned electricity companies are calling on the community to help shape the future of the state’s energy industry.

Ergon Energy and Energex, as part of Energy Queensland, along with Powerlink are seeking participants in the Queensland Household Energy Survey, which is the largest of its kind in Australia, to gain an in-depth insight into Queenslanders’ changing electricity needs.

The input will help Queensland’s electricity distribution and transmission companies plan for the industry’s rapidly evolving future.

CEO of Energy Queensland, Rod Duke said, in the past, the annual survey had provided valuable information that is now being used to plan for the next generation power network.

“Previous survey respondents have clearly shown that Queenslanders are very keen to adopt new technology, such as home energy management systems, smart home assistants, electric vehicles and solar PV – just to name a few,” Mr Duke said.

“Together these technologies have the ability to not only change the energy usage profiles of the average Queensland household, they can help customers improve their energy efficiency and enable us to assist them in doing that.

“This includes developing new power tariffs, building a network that accommodates their needs and ensuring we’re providing services that remain relevant to everyone’s requirements.”

Powerlink Chief Executive Paul Simshauser said the annual survey provided important insights to help energy network operators better understand customer and community needs across Queensland.

“2020 has been a year like no other, so it’s more important than ever that we talk to our customers and understand what’s changed for them.  I’m confident the survey will provide a valuable snapshot of their emerging energy needs and challenges, which assists with our network planning in the short and long term,” Mr Simshauser said.

“The survey’s annual insights on emerging technologies, particularly in storage and energy management systems, will help to deliver better solutions for the future.  Our focus is on being in a better position to plan a transmission network to meet our customer and communities’ needs now and in the future.”

Queenslanders keen on having their say on the future of the state’s electricity industry can participate in the survey and have the chance to win one of ten $100 gift cards by logging onto https://bit.ly/2JcNiyz . The survey closes 18 December 2020.

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