Latest updates

Since the EEIS commenced on 1 January 2013, over 72,000 households and businesses have participated in the Scheme, including more than 18,000 priority low income households. Over 1,200,000 energy saving items have been installed, delivering more than 4.5 million GJ of lifetime energy savings.

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24 January 2019 – The ACT government has drafted new insulation and ventilation sealing activities. Details are in the consultation paper. Please provide feedback via the on-line survey by 1 March 2019. The new EEIS activities will be discussed at a stakeholder forum to be held in Canberra on 14 February 2019. Register for the forum by email:

11 January 2019 - The Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme will be extended to 2030 and will optimise environmental and social outcomes, focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as lowering energy bills for low income priority households. Details are in the media release and consultation report. Comments are due on 1 March 2019 via the online survey. Email to register for a stakeholder forum to be held in Canberra on 14 February 2019.

17 August  2018 - As part of the ongoing process of strengthening the EEIS, new business heating and cooling have been developed. Proposals are detailed in the consultation paper. Consultation runs until October 4th.

July 2018 – An Independent Review of the EEIS  was completed in mid-2018. The Review found that on average, participating households are saving $5.65 per week, with an average saving of $57 per week for participating businesses. The total savings achieved by EEIS is four times greater than the running costs of the scheme. So far the scheme has achieved a carbon dioxide reduction equivalent to removing 144,000 cars off Canberra roads for a year, and in 2017, the EEIS saved enough energy to power over 21,000 Canberra households for a year. Links to individual reports are below and on the publications page.

December 2017 - A new regulation commenced on 1 January 2018 to extend the classes of priority households. See details on the priority household target web page. These new classes were proposed during consultation to set the 20 per cent PHT for 2018. Also on 1 January 2018, updates commence for EEIS building sealing activities, and streamlining the instruments. See the Regulatory Impact Statement, and Explanatory Statements for EEIS Activities, and Record Keeping and Reporting for details.

A new partnership between ActewAGL and the ACT Government was launched to help low income households in the public housing sector to reduce their energy consumption and save money on gas and electricity bills.

October 2017 - A new joint initiative has commenced to continue improving energy efficiency in the ACT’s public housing sector. An EEIS program to replace 200 old, inefficient heaters in public housing with high efficiency systems, including more efficient electric heat pumps, will significantly reduce energy costs for tenants.

October 2017 - The Priority Household Target for 2018 was set at 20%, consistent with the 2016 and 2017 targets.

June 2017 – As part of the ongoing process of strengthening the EEIS, new insulation activities and updates to building sealing activities have been developed. Proposals are detailed in the consultation paper EEIS Proposed updates to residential energy saving activities. Consultation ran until late July 2017.

March 2017 – EnergyAustralia has started delivering commercial lighting upgrades to eligible businesses through its contractor Your Energy Saving Solutions (YESS). The announcement of a second retailer delivering EEIS activities is particularly exciting as it increases choice for consumers and will potentially drive competition in the market. To support their entry into this new field, EnergyAustralia will be hiring local electricians to roll out their commercial lighting activity.

24 January 2017 - ActewAGL is the first energy retailer to start offering lighting upgrades for businesses is ActewAGL through its ‘Big Business Light Switch’ Campaign. Other retailers are expected to follow in the coming months. For enquiries about ActewAGL’s Big Business Light Switch Program call 1300 789 002 or book online.

10 January 2017 - ActewAGL has started delivering new efficient ducted gas heaters under the EEIS. The EEIS-supported discount was originally $3,000 to lower income priority households, and $2,000 for other households. Later in 2017 these rebates were increased to as much as $3,000 and $4,000 to lower income priority households. The new efficient systems will also save up to $650 per year in running costs, and additional savings through the ducting upgrades. To take up this offer call ActewAGL Energy Shop on 6280 0884 for a quote or go to their website for more information. The ActewAGL Fridge Buyback offer continues.

23 December 2016 - Amendments to the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS) introduce new activities for space heating and cooling and water heating which provide strong savings. These changes also remove two activities that supported the installation of new gas appliances. These changes reflect the ACT's goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The changes also reduce the abatement available for residential lighting and other appliance activities, in line with changes made by the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Scheme. See the updated Eligible Activities Determination, and the Activities and Record Keeping and Reporting Codes of Practice.

9 December 2016 - ActewAGL announced plans to offer EEIS-supported discounts to upgrade old, inefficient ducted gas systems to high efficiency systems. This knocks $3,000 off the purchase price for lower income, priority households and $2,000 off for other households. The Energy Savings House Calls which provided free efficient LED lights, door seals and ventilation sealing cease at the end of 2016.

26 July 2016 – The business sector was introduced to two new eligible activities. The new ACT Commercial Lighting activity is harmonised with the NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) equivalent, since it uses the ESS online tools to calculate abatement. A new activity for commercial refrigerated display cabinets is underway, and is based on the VEET equivalent. Other changes include code of practice updates to current best practice standards, and the introduction of new codes where needed.

2 June 2016 – The Priority Household Target for 2017 was set at 20%, consistent with the 2016 target.

28 April 2016 – A forum was held by EEIS that gathered great ideas from the business community about shaping EEIS’s future. It also provided an opportunity for EEIS to share what they have achieved so far. An EEIS Stakeholder Consultation Report on 2016 Activities Update (550KB) was distributed prior to the forum to explain proposed updates. The EEIS Stakeholder Forum Report 2016 presents the forum outcomes and summarises the resulting recommendations.

18 April 2016 – Legislation was introduced to approve interstate energy efficiency schemes, including the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Scheme (VEET), New South Wales Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) and South Australian Retailer Energy Efficiency Target Scheme (REES). This approval means that EEIS can now include activities from other schemes as EEIS eligible activities.

1 January 2016 –Three new activities began, all of which support efficient electric space air-to-air heat pumps. EEIS scheme metrics were updated. Activity Abatement Values were also updated to reflect the new emissions multiplier.

16 September 2015 – New activities were introduced for electric boosted solar hot water systems and LED lighting upgrades.

3 September 2015 – An EEIS stakeholder forum (5MB) and presentation (4MB) was held to invite input to the schemes future.

15 August 2015 – The Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012 was updated to extend and enhance the operation of the EEIS until 2020, including extensions to deliver savings in the business sector. The 2015 Regulatory Impact Statement provides detailed modelling for the scheme extension. Amendments included additional notice time to be given when increasing a future energy saving target or emissions multiplier; enabling the Administrator to register ‘approved abatement providers’ and to recognise abatement created in the ACT under recognised activities in other jurisdictional schemes as well as to develop codes for abatement provider eligibility; enabling the shortfall penalty rate to be set by Disallowable Instrument; and to provide additional clarity regarding when an electricity retailer transitions from being a Tier 2 to a Tier 1 retailer.

August 2014 – The Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme Review was published, reporting on scheme outcomes from the first year and a half of EEIS implementation.

1 January 2013 –The Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012 began.

16 May 2012 – The Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012 was notified for commencement on the 1 January 2013.