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  • Will Gas Prices Soon Be On Par With Electricity?

    With Queensland’s huge LNG export projects set to start production next year, there is real concern that gas prices will skyrocket.

    For some small businesses, this could mean a gas bill increase of $2,500 to $3,000. On the domestic front, high gas users in Melbourne can expect price rises of about $435 a year.

    Even with this news, independent think tank, the Grattan Institute, is opposing calls for some gas to be reserved for domestic use. Instead, the report has recommended that governments consider raising tax and royalty rates on gas producers in response to rising prices.

    Electricity and gas prices in Australian homes have already increased significantly over the past five years. But the completion of coal seam gas projects in Queensland is predicted to see gas prices more than double over the next few years, with local consumers having to pay the higher export price for gas.

    Gas export production sparks fiery debate over WA’s “protectionism policy”

     

    To avoid export price parity, Western Australia already puts aside 15% of gas reserves for domestic use.

    However, Grattan Institute energy program director Tony Wood, said this “protectionism policy” has deterred investment and increased gas prices in WA.

    Mr Wood’s analysis has been disputed by the head of WA's DomGas Alliance Matt Brown, which represents natural gas users such as Fortescue Metals and Alcoa.

    He stated that 2013 was a record year for gas exploration investment and LNG exports. He also argued that the policy has not deterred big projects including Chevron's Gorgon and Wheatstone projects off the north-west coast of WA.

    Scott McDine, the national secretary of the Australian Workers Unions and spokesman for the Reserve our Gas Coalition, also disputes the Grattan Institute's analysis.

    After commissioning a report which found that one-in-five manufacturers could shut down because of skyrocketing gas prices, the AWU has called for a national gas reservation policy in line with policies implemented by other major gas exporting nations such as the United States.

    Next few years difficult for gas users

     

    With the Grattan report predicting that the cost increase will price gas out of power generation and lead to more coal being used for electricity, Tony Brown concedes that the next few years will be a difficult time for businesses and households, but added that he does not support government intervention, such as subsidies.

    Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-20/gas-price-increases-no-cause-for-reservation-policy/5827098

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  • How to beat bill shock

    How to beat bill shock

    With electricity and gas costs continuing to rise, it’s no surprise most of us are suffering from bill shock. It’s that dreaded moment when you open your power bill and realise just how much energy costs are impacting your household budget.

    That’s why we’re always on the lookout for the most advanced energy-efficient solutions available. As LED lighting specialists, we recommend the replacing of halogen downlights with LEDs - 85% more efficient and lasting up to 30,000 hours, they’ll save you a lot of money in the long run. One of our in-store lighting specialists can advise you on the most practical and affordable LED lighting solutions.

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    We’re also home to Australia’s biggest range of energy efficient ceiling fans. Nowadays, ceiling fans are a must for every home and there’s a style to suit every room – even alfresco areas. Most ceiling fans are equipped with a reverse function, so you save money through winter and summer. In fact, ceiling fans can cut your cooling costs by up to 90% when compared to air conditioning.

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    And if you want to dramatically reduce bill shock, talk to Beacon Solar about making the switch to solar. We can tailor a solar power system to suit your needs, with a range of superior solar panels and invertors. We also specialise in off-grid and battery back-up solar systems. To learn more visit the Beacon Solar website today for more information.

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    From energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling solutions and solar panels, Beacon Lighting has everything you need to help you beat the dreaded bill shock.

    9 September 2013

    How to beat bill shock

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