The ACT Government is committed to helping Canberrans reduce their energy consumption and use more renewable energy.
The Environment and Planning Directorate is helping to drive this through the development of policy, management of renewable energy projects and through administering a suite of programs that help people reduce energy consumption in their home, business or organisation.
Review of the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012
The Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012 requires that the Minister commence a review of the operation of the Act in 2014 to consider: the future operation of the Act after 2015; any changes required to improve the operation of the Act; and relevant national or jurisdictional policy changes.
The review (1.5 MB) was undertaken by independent consultants Jacobs SKM who consulted with a range of government and industry stakeholders.
The review found that there are clear benefits in continuing the EEIS, as it reduces the cost of energy to households and small-to-medium enterprises, including the cost associated with meeting the ACT's Renewable Energy Target. The review also highlighted high satisfaction with the EEIS from participating households.
Based on the outcomes of the Review, work is being undertaken by the Government to extend the EEIS beyond 2015. Additional cost benefit analysis is required to develop a suitable metric to replace the current GHG metric, determine new targets and review included activities. Amendments to the legislation will be brought forward in early 2015