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Since the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS) commenced on January 2013, around 74,000 households and businesses have participated in the Scheme, including close to 19,000 priority low income households. Over 1.3 million energy saving items have been installed, delivering more than 6.5 million GJ of lifetime energy savings, about $400 million of lifetime energy bill savings and is estimated to achieve lifetime emission reductions of around 500,000 tCO 2-e, equivalent to taking approximately 165,000 cars off Canberra roads for a year.

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EEIS Extension Bill introduced

15 August 2019

The Energy Efficiency Improvement (Cost of Living) Improvement Extension Bill 2019 has been introduced in the ACT Legislative Assembly. The Bill will extend EEIS to the end of 2030 while optimising environmental and social outcomes. More information is in the media release and the Results of consultation on an Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme extension (PDF 8.3MB).


Health and Wellbeing Outcomes from the EEIS report published

14 August 2019

The ACT government has published a new mini-report on Health and wellbeing outcomes from the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (PDF 0.3MB). The report contains highlights from an annual survey of scheme participants that found 49% of participants with heating upgrades had substantial improvements to physical or mental health and one-in-five believe the new heaters have made a “huge” difference.


New EEIS activities added

13 August 2019

New EEIS energy efficiency activities for residential insulation and business heating and cooling have been introduced to expand the options available for electricity retailers to offer to ACT’s households and businesses. As a result, the following legislative instruments have been updated and can be viewed on the ACT legislation register:

Background to the new activities is in the Regulatory Impact Statement and the Results of consultation on an EEIS extension (PDF 8.3MB).


30 July 2019

The ACT government has published a report on the EEIS stakeholder forum held in Canberra on 14 February 2019. The Results Of Consultation On An Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme Extension (PDF 8.3MB) report incorporates stakeholder feedback on the proposed 10-year EEIS extension and potential new insulation, heating, cooling, ventilation sealing and appliance activities.


06 June 2019

The 2020 EEIS Priority Household Target has been updated with an increase from 20% to 30%. This increase will provide more opportunities for low income households to take part in the scheme. The Priority Household Target web page has more information about who is an eligible priority household.


24 January 2019

The ACT government has drafted new insulation and ventilation sealing activities. Details are in the consultation paper (PDF 1.7MB). 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: epd-eeis@act.gov.au.


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 (PDF 4.5MB). Comments are due on 1 March 2019 via the online survey. Email epd-eeis@act.gov.au 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 (PDF 332KB). 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.

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