Electricity Cost Pass-through Trial

Electricity Cost Pass-through Trial 

Irrigation customers in selected schemes are participating in a three-year ‘no-one is worse off’ electricity cost pass-through trial, from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2023.

During the trial, if Sunwater spends less on electricity than it recovers from customers a credit will be applied to eligible irrigation customers’ bills at the end of the financial year.

Further information on this initiative is available in the frequently asked questions below.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

January 2022

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2020-21 trial outcomes

The electricity cost pass-through trial outcomes for 2020-21 are outlined in the scheme-specific fact sheets below.

Fact sheets

Barker Barambah – 2020-21 trial outcome

October 2021

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Bundaberg distribution – 2020-21 trial outcome

October 2021

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Burdekin Haughton distribution – 2020-21 trial outcome

October 2021

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Lower Mary River distribution – 2020-21 trial outcome

October 2021

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Mareeba-Dimbulah distribution – 2020-21 trial outcome

October 2021

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Upper Condamine – 2020-21 trial outcome

January 2022

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Customer engagement

Eton bulk water supply scheme

In early 2021, Sunwater invited customers in the Eton bulk water supply scheme to have their say about joining a three-year electricity cost pass-through trial. We also engaged with Eton Irrigation Co-operative Limited, who presented the trial at its general meeting on 24 March 2021.

At that time there was insufficient customer support to put forward a proposal to the Queensland Government to extend the trial to this scheme. However, we indicated that additional consultation would be undertaken in late 2021/early 2022 to gauge customers’ interest in joining the trial from the second year, being 2021-22.

Summary of trial status and critical next steps
  • In the second half of 2022, Sunwater’s focus will be on calculating 2021-22 pass-through amounts for the six schemes currently subject to the trial. Sunwater will also be turning our attention to a formal evaluation of the trial.
  • The outcomes of the evaluation of the electricity cost pass-through mechanism trial will form part of our engagement with all schemes to which a permanent pass-through mechanism may apply. Non-participation in the trial will not preclude a scheme from participation in a permanent pass-through mechanism.