Other tariffs

These tariffs or pricing structures have been developed for the supply of electricity to street lights and in situations where there is no electricity meter.

Tariff 71 Street Lights

This tariff is for the supply of power to street lights on roads which local government controls or state controlled roads as defined under the Transport Infrastructure Act (1994).

GST incl.
from 1 July 2015
GST incl.
from 1 July 2016
All usage - cents per kWh 31.20034.653
Supply charge - cents per day per lamp 0.7350.809

Street lights frequently asked questions

How are the tariff rates for Tariff 71 Street Lights calculated?

There are no longer different rates for energy usage based on ownership of a street light. The usage is determined in accordance with the metrology procedure issued by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). Which means the AEMO determines that the street lights will be on during dark hours.

What are dark hours?

Dark hours represent the number of hours of darkness for the billing period for your region. There are two regions - North and South. Refer to the map below to determine which region is applicable to your account.

How do I know my region's dark hours?

To find out your region's sunrise, sunset and twilight times, refer to the below websites –

How is the installation, operation and maintenance of street lights funded?

Ergon Energy Network charges Ergon Energy Retail a charge, referred to as the Alternative Control Service (ACS) charge. This charge covers the installation, operation and maintenance of street lighting assets owned by Ergon Energy Network.  This charge is approved by the Australian Energy Regulator each year.

From 1 July 2014 the Queensland Government accepted the recommendations of the Interdepartmental Committee on Electricity Reforms to pass through 10% of the ACS street lighting charges to customers whose street lights are owned and maintained by Ergon Energy Network.  Whilst the Government will continue to subsidise the remaining ACS charges, it has endorsed the development of a price path to recover all non-energy street lighting charges over time, giving consideration to individual customer needs.

There are two different ACS charges based on the wattage of a street light.  These are referred to as "ACS Major" and "ACS Minor" and are itemized on the Street Lights Account Summary that you receive with your monthly street light bill.

Please note that while a percentage of the ACS charges associated with current street lights will be passed through, additional up front charges may apply for the installation of a new non-standard street lighting.

Will Ergon continue to maintain street lights?

Ergon Energy Network will continue to maintain street lights that have been identified as entity owned.  Ergon Energy does not maintain customer owned lights.

How do I calculate the total kWh for my street lights?

The following is a guide to work out the total kWh for your street lights. There may be differences due to rounding of approximately +/- 1% between your calculations and the actual kWh charged on your bill.

Firstly, calculate the number of kWh for each light type.

kWh for each light type = (Number of lights x AEMO wattage per lamp x dark hours) / 1,000

Then add up the kWh for each lamp type to get the total kWh for all of your street lights.

Per lamp dark hours* kWh

Example: For one month billing period.

Light Type

No. of Lights

AEMO Wattage per Lamp

Dark Hours *

















* The dark hours used in this example are provided for illustrative purposes only.

Note: The AEMO wattage for each lamp type is available in Appendix A of the National Electricity Market Load Tables For Unmetered Connection Points found at aemo.com.au. The AEMO wattage is not the nominal wattage specified on your electricity bill, it includes all energy used by the luminaire including the technical losses of the control circuit etc. The dark hours are the number of night time hours.

Tariff 91 Other Unmetered Supply

Unmetered electricity supply is available for watchman lights and other small loads which have been approved by Ergon Energy Network.  Charges are based on electricity usage determined by Ergon Energy Network.

Usage charges

  GST incl.
from 1 July 2015
GST incl.
from 1 July 2016
All usage - cents per kWh 22.499 25.714

Installation charges

 GST incl.
from 1 July 2016
Installation fee - first light$628.30
Installation fee - additional lights installed at the same time$209.43

Maintenance charges

Lamp sizeLamp typeCost - cents per day
GST incl.
from 1 July 2016
150 wattsHigh pressure sodium118.186
220 wattsHigh pressure sodium132.836
250 wattsHigh pressure sodium125.469
360 wattsHigh pressure sodium144.459
400 wattsHigh pressure sodium137.742
250 wattsMercury vapour120.886
400 wattsMercury vapour134.978
250 wattsMetal hallide136.420
400 wattsMetal hallide136.991

For details on other charges which may apply refer to the Ergon Energy Network price list for alternative control services.

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