The government is planning to open a pilot online lPN program that will provide help with paying for power bills in remote areas of the country as part of a broader national program to tackle climate change.
Key points:The online lnprs will be offered to people in the Northern Territory and QueenslandThe program will be rolled out to other statesThe program is part of the Climate Change Assistance SchemeThe program’s chief executive says it will help people in remote regions of the NT and Queensland pay for their electricityThe scheme is designed to give remote residents access to internet connections and to reduce their reliance on expensive and unreliable lnpns.
Key point:The pilot program will help remote residents in remote communities pay for powerThe pilot will be delivered in remote regional and coastal communities, with the first group of participants expected to start operating in July 2018The program, which will be rolling out to all states and territories by the end of July, will provide residents in the remote parts of the Northern and Northern Territory with internet access, and provide a way for them to pay for electricity.
“This is an important part of our plan to provide people in these remote areas access to clean and reliable electricity,” Acting Minister for Climate Change Peter Walsh said.
“These people have a significant impact on the communities around them, so it is essential that we take them into account when we’re considering changes to our electricity sector.”
Mr Walsh said the pilot program would provide residents with internet connections in remote parts, and also help them reduce their electricity bills.
“The goal is to ensure that people are able to pay their bills and help maintain that access, so they can have the electricity they need when they need it,” he said.
The program would also allow remote residents to have access to local phone services, such as internet cafes, and would provide a place to pay by credit card.
“Our intention is that if we can reduce the cost of electricity for people in those remote communities, that will help us to support the electricity supply in those communities as well,” Mr Walsh said, adding that it was also a way of providing people with the option of going to the power stations they need to meet their electricity needs.
“So they’ll have access, if they have to, to the internet when they are away from home.”‘
They don’t have electricity’The pilot is being run by the National Electricity Market Agency, and will help more than 200 people pay for up to six months’ worth of electricity each month.
It will be available to anyone who lives in remote remote communities or has been impacted by the weather.
The scheme will also be rolled down to other parts of Australia, with more than 300,000 households receiving the program.
The pilot was initially set up in March, and the program will operate on a pilot basis, with further participants expected in 2019.
“We’re working hard to ensure this pilot will run well, and that we have the people who need to do this program well,” Acting Administrator Andrew Brown said.’
There are no barriers’The Northern Territory Government has been working with local governments in the NT to offer access to the lnpt, with its local government minister, Mick Murray, describing the program as a way to help remote communities cope with climate changes.
“There are people who are experiencing extreme weather, there are people experiencing extreme heat and there are some people who might have a very severe weather event,” he told the ABC.
“But there is a significant number of people who have electricity and they don’t want to have to go out and have to do a hard job to buy their electricity and get it from their local power station,” Mr Murray said.
But the pilot will not be rolled into other parts or regions, and it is unclear how many people will receive the program and how many will be able to access it.
“It’s an ongoing program, and we’re working very hard to get that program going, but there are no obstacles at the moment,” Mr Brown said of the pilot.
“For us it’s about the people in our communities, it’s our goal to make sure they are able, as we always do, to have their electricity supply as much as possible, so we are very, very proud of that, that’s a big focus for us.”
Mr Brown said the program was not a replacement for electricity tariffs or rates, but would allow people to get the power they need in remote locations without having to resort to expensive power bills.
Mr Brown also said there were no barriers to getting the program, as there was already a local electricity market in the region.
“They have a program that is quite similar, it provides assistance with electricity costs in remote, remote areas,” he added.
“That’s part of what we’re trying to achieve, and there’s no barriers.”
Mr Murray said the aim of the program would be to give people access to a