The Scheme provides electricity retailers with the flexibility to choose the most cost-effective method to improve energy efficiency. The Scheme has also been designed to minimise the impact on electricity retailers, especially smaller retailers and new market entrants. This is consistent with the ACT Government’s objective of supporting retail competition in the Territory.
Energy retailers get classified into two groups, each with a different set of obligations for participating in the Scheme. Smaller ‘Tier 2’ retailers can either undertake eligible energy savings activities or discharge their obligations through an Energy Savings Contribution fee equal to the estimated cost of participation of a Tier 1 retailer.
The Act requires that all revenue raised as a result of the EEIS (including contribution fees or penalties paid to the Territory) be used for purposes that are consistent with the objectives of the Act. The fund is also being used to pay for the administration of the Scheme.
See more on the EEIS legislative requirements here. See a list of retailers currently delivering EEIS activities here.
Tier 1 retailers
Tier 1 includes electricity retailers with more than 500,000MWh of sales per annum in the ACT
and at least 5,000 ACT customers.
Tier 1 retailers can undertake eligible activities or acquire approved abatement factors from other retailers who undertake eligible activities to meet their energy savings obligation. In the ACT there is currently only one Tier 1 retailer.
Tier 2 retailers
Tier 2 includes electricity retailers with less than 500,000MWh of sales per annum in the ACT and/or less than 5,000 ACT customers.
Tier 2 retailers may meet their energy savings obligation by undertaking eligible activities, acquiring approved abatement factors from other retailers who undertake eligible activities or by paying an Energy Savings Contribution (ESC). This means Tier 2 retailers do not have to offer activities.
You can find information about the activities a retailer may be offering by contacting the relevant retailer. A list of retailers that currently sell electricity in the ACT is below. Electricity retailers can also offer activities to customers of other retailers. Retailers that do offer activities don't have to offer all activities in the list. The Act allows them to choose which activities they will undertake to meet their energy savings obligations.
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ERM Energy Pty Ltd
Origin Energy Electricity Pty Ltd
Red Energy Pty Ltd
EnergyAustralia (Phone: 1300 894 745)
Energy Australia Yallourn
AGL Sales Pty Ltd
Alinta Energy Ltd
Next Business Energy