A fairer way to pay for power in Aboriginal communities

Horizon Power has installed 83 advanced prepayment meters in 11 Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley, Mid-West and Goldfields regions.

To complement this installation, Horizon Power has developed an app that allows residents to purchase power from the comfort of their home, although they can still buy power from their local store or post office.

Prior to the prepayment meters, residents would have to contribute to pay one community bill regardless of how much power each house used.

Over time this led to more than $1.2 million of debt accumulating across eight of the communities and was inequitable for residents.

Now residents will enjoy improved affordability and pay only for what their household uses.

This initiative builds on 2018’s deployment of prepayment meters in the Kimberley communities of Emu Creek, Munthanmar, Bell Springs, Mud Springs and Loanbun.

Source: WA Government