Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme
The ACT has some of the lowest residential electricity and gas prices in the country, but it also has high levels of energy use. There is a lot we can do to reduce energy consumption in our homes and businesses without compromising on comfort and convenience.
What is the scheme?
The ACT Government introduced the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme in 2013. It places a requirement on electricity retailers to achieve energy savings in households and small-to-medium businesses. A target has also been placed on them to ensure a proportion of the savings are delivered to low income households.
Larger retailers must undertake approved energy saving initiatives while smaller retailers can either deliver initiatives or pay a contribution to fund those initiatives.
What are the benefits?
Since its introduction, the scheme has delivered over 1.3 million energy saving products to around 74,000 ACT households and businesses.
The installation of products such as LED lighting, standby power controllers, draught sealers and energy efficient appliances has helped reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Importantly, close to 19,000 lower income households have so far benefited.
The EEIS is constantly evolving. For example, the ACT Legislative Assembly is currently considering legislation that would extend the EEIS for another 10 years, from 2021 to the end of 2030. New insulation and business heating and cooling activities have also recently been added to the scheme.
For the latest information on the EEIS please visit our News and Events page.
If you have comments or suggestions about the scheme, please email us at EPD-EEIS@act.gov.au.