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Helping Dairy Farmers Lower their Power Bills

Monday, 22 June 2020
The Morrison Government is investing $10 million into helping dairy farmers lower their power bills and reduce emissions. 
 
From today, dairy farmers can apply for grants that will help to reduce their power bills and make their energy use more efficient through the Energy Efficient Communities program. 
 
Dairy farmers can get grants of up to $20,000 to upgrade to equipment that will reduce energy consumption, get monitoring systems to better manage their energy use, and conduct energy audits. 
 
Energy use in milk cooling, milk harvesting and hot water production is one of the highest overheads in the dairy industry, costing dairy farmers as much as $12,800 per 100 cows each year. 
 
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said the program is focused on helping dairy farming businesses to lower their power bills by becoming more energy efficient. 
 
“Farmers have long been at the forefront of innovation to reduce their cost of doing business and their emissions output, but energy costs remain high for many in our dairy sector, especially when farmers are doing it tough on the back of bushfires and COVID19”, said Mr Taylor.  
 
“The Government’s support will help dairy farmers in their efforts to better manage their energy use while also continuing to play a role in reducing global emissions.”  
 
Liberal candidate for Eden-Monaro, Dr Fiona Kotvojs welcomed support for dairy farmers who have suffered tough times. 
 
“These grants will provide support at a time when so many of our farms are struggling, having gone through fires and floods, and ongoing drought,” said Dr Kotvojs. 
 
“As a farmer myself, I know how tough it can be to keep a farm going in such difficult conditions. These grants will ease the burden on our farmers by helping to lower their energy costs, while also helping to boost long-term sustainability of their farms and lowering Australia’s emissions.” 
 
The Energy Efficient Communities Program was announced as part of the Government’s Climate Solutions Package in the 2019 Federal Budget. 
 
Grant guidelines and application forms for the dairy round are available at business.gov.au, or by telephone on 13 28 46. Applications will close on 17 August 2020. 

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