Load control tariff for agricultural and other non-domestic equipment

Tariff 33 is a small customer secondary load control tariff that historically has been used in residential premises for hot water systems, pools pumps and air conditioning (some Retailers may refer to Tariff 33 by a different name).

Being a load control tariff, we may interrupt supply to Tariff 33 for up to 6 hours per day, where required, to help manage demand on the network.  In return, Tariff 33 is cheaper than most other tariffs.

In recent years we’ve worked with customers in the agricultural industry trialling Tariff 33, to see if it could be a viable option for them.  Trial results indicate an increasing interest in the tariff, especially from those customers who are able to manage some load control switching.

Is Tariff 33 suitable for me?

Tariff 33 may not suit everyone.  If your equipment requires an electricity supply 24 hours per day, Tariff 33 is not suitable for you.  If your operations could manage some load control switching, Tariff 33 may be an economical option for you to consider.

The frequency and length of time load control is implemented is at our discretion and can vary by geographic location. Customers interested in Tariff 33 should be prepared and be able to accommodate at a minimum, occasional loss of supply to equipment.

There is currently no pre-warning or notification system in place for when supply is going to be interrupted. However, we're working on such a system for the future.

What savings can I expect from moving to Tariff 33?

That depends on which tariffs you're considering switching from, and the amount of electricity you use.  As a rule, the more electricity you use, the greater the savings to Tariff 33.  To review your tariff options please talk to your electricity Retailer.

Make sure you consider the costs of upgrading your meter box, which is usually required when switching to Tariff 33 (see below).

How often and when is Tariff 33 'switched'?

Under the tariff rules, supply is guaranteed for a minimum of 18 hours per day. This means you must allow for no power for up to 6 hours per day.

How often load control switching is implemented and for how long, is at our discretion, and can vary across different geographic locations.  In most coastal areas in regional Queensland, supply is only interrupted when there are network demand constraint issues, and so this does not happen every day. However, this setup could change without notice. In remaining areas, supply under Tariff 33 is interrupted on a daily basis.

Customers interested in Tariff 33 should be prepared to accommodate at a minimum, occasional loss of supply.  There's currently no pre-warning given as to when supply will be interrupted.

What's involved with moving to Tariff 33?

In most cases, you'll need to arrange for your electrical contractor to upgrade your meter box to move to a load control tariff. This involves installing a device known as a 'contactor'. Your meter box also needs to have room to add an additional meter and the load control receiver (supplied by us). Your electrical contractor will advise you about requirements and costs.

Your electricity Retailer will advise you how to move to Tariff 33.  This will generally require you to:

  • Retain a primary tariff at your connection/meter box
  • Arrange for your electrical contractor to add Tariff 33 as a secondary tariff
  • Have the equipment you wish to be supplied through Tariff 33 moved to this secondary tariff.

Once you've made the decision to move to a load control tariff, your electrical contractor will need to submit an electrical work request (EWR).  This will initiate the process of getting load control equipment installed in your premise and changing tariffs.