If you are wondering what the Daintree Energy Levy is,
please read below for an explanation.
Since February 2014 Rainforest Hideaway B&B, is authorized to incorporate
a special levy in their prices to absorb the sky high costs of producing
its own electricity, this has been called the Daintree Energy Levy.
For decades the various levels of Australian Government have kept most
of the Daintree area in Third World living conditions in the hope of
driving out the population by denying basic services that people in
modern western countries take for granted, and one of those is electricity.
In 1999 the north Queensland electricity provider FNQEB calculated
the cost of renewable energy at $2.63 per kwh and more recent calculations
made in Cape Tribulation in 2012 put the cost of providing small scale
electricity through an isolated system at $5 per kwh! Meanwhile the
rest of Australia still pays under 30 cents per kwh.
And more recently in November 2014, despite all the new inventions
and cheaper technology, this detailed
electricity cost study on the Ergon website puts the cost of generating
your own electricity versus grid supply at SIX TIMES THE COST!!
Throughout Queensland there are 34 remote communities, mostly indigenous,
who have their own power station and a mini grid through the town, even
Stephen Island in the Torres Strait with only 40 households has power
provided with its own station, and while it costs the Government over
$2 per kwh to generate this electricity, the customers only pay normal
city prices of under 30 cents.
In the Daintree every household and business needs to run its own generator,
and households have some solar panels to help reduce costs on sunny
days which are not too frequent in a rainforest.
This stubborn denial of basic service by the government has created
the issues of and pollution
poverty, which is defined by United Nations as spending such a large
proportion of income on electricity that it affects your quality of
life and makes economic development and running a business unviable.
Queensland Energy Minister Mark McArdle has also identified renewable
energy as being not economically viable, yet the Daintree has no choice.
The Queensland Government has said since it came in to power in 2012
that it has no money to provide the Daintree community with a grid like
the rest of Australia, yet they continue to find money for all sorts
of things that do not appear to be as high priority, and they own the
north Queensland electricity provider ERGON Energy that makes over $400
million per year after tax profits.
In places like Africa where there is no funding for electricity infrastructure
that is needed where there is a sudden increase in tourism the authorites
impose an energy levy to provide funding for the infrastructure needed.
To compensate for the fact that it costs Rainforest Hideaway B&B
SIXTEEN times more money to generate its own electricity than to buy
from the grid like the rest of Australia, an electriciy levy has been
authorized in February 2014 and will be included in room rates from
We ask for your understanding and regret this levy but have no alternative
if we want to keep Rainforest Hideaway open for people from around the
world to enjoy.
If you do not agree with this energy levy and wish to complain please
contact the Queensland Energy Minister and tell him to do something
about the electricity crisis in the Daintree.
More information on the electricity crisis in the Daintree can be found
on the website Daintreehour.com