We're looking for qualified tradespeople
From March 2023, the Esperance Gas Distribution Company (EGDC) will no longer provide reticulated gas to the Esperance community. On behalf of the State Government, we've developed a program to support the 379 affected customers with the transition off the reticulated gas network and ensure continued access to reliable and secure energy.
Horizon Power's Esperance Energy Transition Plan will provide financial assistance to customers to help cover the costs of replacing their gas appliances.
That’s why we’re looking for suitably qualified tradespeople to join a registered trade list that Esperance customers can call on to help them successfully manage their energy transition.
If a customer requests you to visit their property to provide a quote...
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What is happening with the Esperance Gas Distribution Network?
The Esperance Gas Distribution Company (EGDC) provides reticulated gas to 379 customers in Esperance (41 businesses and 338 residential customers).
On 30 September 2021, the EGDC announced it would cease supplying reticulated gas to the Esperance community from 31 March 2022. Following this announcement, Horizon Power, on behalf of the State Government, executed an agreement with EGDC to secure a 12 month extension on the reticulated gas supply.
This means customers with appliances that use reticulated gas will need to transition to another energy source before 31 March 2023. Depending on your energy needs, you may be able to choose between bottled gas, electrification or a combination of both.
When will the transition program begin?
Horizon Power will launch its Esperance Energy Transition Plan for affected residential customers on 26 April 2022. The transition and installation phase will run from May – December 2022.
How does the Esperance Energy Transition Package work?
- Once applications open for the Esperance Energy Transition Plan, the customer will need to visit our website to locate a registered tradesperson and arrange a quotation for either electrification or bottled gas transition works.
- The customer can submit an application for financial assistance through our website, providing a copy of the quote(s) from the registered tradesperson they selected.
- Once Horizon Power has approved the application, the customer will contact the tradesperson to arrange a date for the works.
- When work is complete, the tradesperson will invoice Horizon Power and we will pay the tradesperson directly for the approved works.
What does ‘like for like’ mean?
It means the program will cover the cost to replace a similar appliance offering features comparable to the appliance being replaced, essentially an equal or ‘like for like’ replacement.
- The customer will be offered a range of choices and price points when they replace existing appliances, and our aim is to include the most energy efficient appliance options.
- If the customer chooses to upgrade an appliance, they can simply pay for the gap between the appliance cost and the approved amount of financial assistance.
- If the customer prefers to move toward bottled gas for all appliances, Horizon Power will support the transition.
What do you need to know for the gas disconnection and conversion?
The WA Government's Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has shared a helpful factsheet to consider if you are engaged to disconnect a gas connection or to convert a Natural Gas appliance to LPG.
What if electrification is not an option for the customer?
When electrification is not economically or technically feasible, Horizon Power will provide the customer with financial support convert the appliances to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
If the home cannot be transitioned to bottled LPG or electric appliances, the customer can get in touch with the team and provide a brief description of their energy needs. Alternatively, they can phone the Horizon Power Esperance depot on (08) 9072 3470.
Is solar installation part of this transition?
No. The plan’s priority is to ensure affected customers transition off the gas network prior to 31 March 2023.
However, Horizon Power is working on future solar releases across regional WA, including Esperance.
What work is excluded from the plan?
The following works are not eligible for funding:
- Electrical work not directly required for installation of new electrical appliances
- Supply of new gas appliances where existing appliances can be converted to LPG
- Supply of gas (including first fill of gas bottles)
- Removing gas bayonet fittings and fixtures
- Barbecue replacement
- Removing and replacing asbestos products
- Removing gas meters
- Other works not included in the eligibility information, at the discretion of Horizon Power
Who is coordinating and delivering the Esperance Energy Transition Plan?
Horizon Power is coordinating this program, with assistance from Energy Policy WA. An energy efficiency specialist is working with Energy WA and providing advice on technology, appliance options and reasonable costs.
Who will pay the registered trades involved in the installation process?
Horizon Power will onboard and pay qualified and registered suppliers participating in the Esperance Energy Transition Plan.
We will review and reconcile the invoice and pay the tradesperson the approved amount of financial assistance.
How can a tradesperson be included on the Horizon Power list of registered trades?
Horizon Power will conduct a contractor registration and approval process requiring evidence of licences and certificate of insurance for any supplier participating in the program. All participating suppliers will be required to complete the Horizon Power Safety Induction program and agree to perform the works in accordance with industry practices and a minimum standard of work.
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