REGIONAL Queenslanders with certain solar panels on their rooftops are to be protected by plans by the state to scrap an eight-cent tariff to homeowners.
From June 30, the payments will be dumped in what Energy Minister Mark McArdle believes will save Queenslanders $110 million on power bills over six years.
However, those drawing power from Ergon - which covers much of the state beyond the south-east - will still earn the payments purportedly thanks to a lack of competition.
Whether that remains at eight cents will be decided by the Queensland Competition Authority.
The government intends to keep a 44-cent feed-in tariff in place, something the Electrical Trades Union believes will cancel out any savings from the changes.
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