The ACT Government’s ACT Sustainable Energy Policy PDF (697.2KB) establishes an integrated policy framework for managing the social, economic and environment challenges faced by the Territory to 2020 as they relate to energy production and use. The framework consists of four key targeted outcomes:
- Outcome one: secure and affordable energy
- Outcome two: smarter use of energy
- Outcome three: cleaner energy
- Outcome four: growth in the clean economy
The Environment and Planning Directorate (EPD) is responsible for developing and implementing a range of energy policy initiatives including:
- Ongoing development of energy market reforms aimed at lowering power prices and improving choice for energy customers
- Planning for, and the coordination of energy emergencies
- Technical regulation of energy utilities to ensure power system reliability and safety
- A range of energy efficiency policy and programs
- Delivering on the ACT’s 90% Renewable Energy Target (more information below)
- Implementing the Government’s Renewable Energy Local Investment Framework
Resources for households and businesses
ACTSmart Website – The ACTSmart Website provides information on a number of programs designed to assist households and businesses to reduce their energy, water and waste consumption.
Energy Made Easy – The Energy Made Easy website operated by the Australian Energy Regulator allows comparison of offers from electricity and gas retailers in your area to find out if you are on the best offer.
Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme – The Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme sets a Territory-wide energy savings target requiring retailers to undertake activities to improve energy efficiency. Households can take advantage of this program by contacting their electricity retailer.
Rooftop solar – While the ACT’s rooftop solar feed-in tariff scheme is now closed, EPD has an ongoing role in scheme administration and reporting.
Renewable Energy Programs
Solar Auction – The ACT’s 40MW Solar Auction has proved a simple and effective way of attracting large solar projects to the Territory.
Wind Auction – On 6 February 2015, the Minister announced three successful proponents who will deliver 200MW of wind power for the ACT by 2017. This is enough to supply 33% of Canberra’s power needs. More wind auctions are planned by the Government to reach the ACT’s 90% by 2020 renewable energy target.
Community Solar – The ACT Government is providing the opportunity for individuals to pool their resources to fund large-scale solar projects, achieving economies of scale with the benefits of direct ownership. This opportunity is provided through a new feed-in tariff for community solar projects.
Next Generation Solar – The ACT will target next generation solar technology, including energy storage systems, in the next stage of the Government’s plan to reduce emissions and make Canberra an internationally recognised centre for renewable energy innovation.
Energy from Waste - The ACT Government is exploring options to deliver an integrated materials recovery and bioenergy facility.
Electricity and Natural Gas Consumption Trends in the Australian Capital Territory (2015) – This ACT Government report analyses the impact of seasonal factors on energy consumption in the ACT. It demonstrates that recent reductions in ACT electricity use can be attributed to changes in consumer behaviour and improved building and appliance energy efficiency rather than weather conditions.