On 23 May 2014, we released a final report on the recommended feed-in tariff for regional Queensland to apply after the 8 c/kWh distributor-funded feed-in tariff closed on 30 June 2014. On 16 June 2014, we published and gazetted a feed-in tariff to apply in regional Queensland for 2014–15. This rate was inclusive of the effect of the carbon tax.
On 17 July 2014, the Commonwealth Government repealed the carbon tax legislation. The Minister for Energy and Water Supply then issued us with a further direction under section 93 of the Electricity Act 1994 (the Act) on 30 July 2014. The purpose of this direction was to give legal effect to the carbon-exclusive feed-in tariff rate that we estimated in our final report.
In accordance with the Minister’s direction and section 94 of the Act, the carbon-exclusive feed-in tariff was published in the Queensland Government Gazette on 11 August 2014. This carbon-exclusive rate applied from 11 September 2014 to 30 June 2015.
On 6 March 2014, the Minister for Energy and Water Supply announced changes to the Solar Bonus Scheme. The changes will provide regional customers with access to a regulated feed-in tariff (FiT) for small-scale solar photovoltaic (solar PV) owners.
On the same day, the Minister for Energy and Water Supply directed us to calculate, consult on and provide information about a single FiT for small-scale solar PV owners in regional Queensland for 2014–15.
We published a draft report on 21 March 2014.