Bundaberg Regional Irrigators Group (BRIG) was established to represent irrigators in the Bundaberg district across a range of commodity groups including sugar cane, grain and horticulture.
Power Outage Alarm
In response to the learning’s from the T33 load control trial, we asked Energy Queensland to develop a text message notification system providing notice to growers of the outage and restoration of power to their load control tariff site to assist in irrigation management around outages.
Although a trial of this system has been conducted, Energy Queensland has advised that the possibility of a tariff-based outage/restoration notification system is dependent on the implementation of the new corporate Load Control and Distribution Management Systems and is not expected to be considered until after mid-2022.
In recognition of this, Energy Queensland has proactively approached the market to identify a suitable 3rd party option that customers could utilize in the interim. A simple plug-and-play solution has been identified which is effective in providing reliable and cost-effective outage and restoration SMS notifications.
The iSocket – https://www.isocket.com.au/order/ – retails for around $246 plus a monthly subscription cost (~$5.40). In the testing undertaken on this device, it provides text message notifications within 15 seconds of power outage/restoration being detected. There may be alternative supplies of similar, suitable equipment and we encourage growers to talk with their electrical contractor about other options that may be suitable.