Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Major milestone reached in Esperance Energy Transition Plan

    2/08/2022 8:00 AM
     
    • First household successfully transitions from gas to electricity in Esperance
    • 379 homes and businesses to transition prior to the closure of the privately-owned gas network in March 2023
    • McGowan Government ensuring customers are supported through the transition

    The McGowan Government is pleased to announce the first household has been successfully 'electrified', transitioning from reticulated gas to electricity, as part of Horizon Power's Esperance Energy Transition Plan.

     

    This marks a major milestone for the plan, which is converting 379 reticulated gas customers to alternative energy solutions in advance of the closure of the area's privately-owned gas network in March 2023.

     

    The McGowan Government committed $10.5 million in the 2022-23 State Budget to ensure impacted households and businesses are supported.

     

    Households can apply for funding to cover like-for-like energy efficient electric appliances to replace existing gas units, or conversion to bottled gas where electrification is not an option.

     

    Businesses are receiving free independent energy audits, with a grant scheme providing financial support for their chosen transition pathway.

     

    Applications for the plan for residential customers are open until December this year. Customers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, given strong demand for trades in the Goldfields-Esperance region and global supply chain issues.

     

    For more information, visit https://www.horizonpower.com.au/esperancegas or call 9072 3470.

     

    Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:

     

    "Today's announcement marks an important milestone for this exciting project, which provides significant benefits to the Esperance community.

     

    "Horizon Power is working with registered homeowners, businesses and tradespeople to ensure a seamless transition that addresses everyone's unique needs.

     

    "Customers are telling us the process is simple and straight-forward, and the level of support they have received from Horizon Power has been excellent.

     

    "The McGowan Government remains committed to ensuring impacted customers have a choice in their new energy solutions."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6700