Innovation powers ahead

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph
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Horizon Power has been recognised for its Port Hedland pricing pilot Power Ahead.

The national renewable energy industry awarded the electricity powerhouse the innovation award at the Clean Energy Council last week.

The Power Ahead project was a research pilot project designed to give Port Hedland customers the ability to monitor and lower their electricity use during peak times.

More than 400 participants took part in the pilot, which found 84 per cent reduced the amount of electricity they used and 85 per cent could sustain the changes for six months every summer. Based on the findings from the pilot, Horizon Power is now developing a new way of charging for electricity similar to mobile phone and internet plans called Power Plans.

Horizon Power managing director Frank Tudor said it was exciting to be recognised by the Clean Energy Council.

“Horizon Power has led the country with this work ... we provide generation, distribution and retail,” he said.

A Horizon Power spokeswoman said the company was discussing this new way of paying for power with the State Government to ensure pricing was fair and equitable as more customers took up renewable energy.

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