On 18 June 2008, the NSW Government announced its energy
efficiency strategy as having the following three limbs: a NSW
economy-wide savings target; revitalisation of the energy
efficiency component of the NSW Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme
(GGAS); and a $150m business, household and NSW
agency energy efficiency program.
In terms of the NSW economy-wide savings target, the NSW
Government has followed the Commonwealth Government's
aspirational target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 60% below
2000 levels by 2050. On 27 February 2009, the NSW Government
announced an energy efficiency scheme intended to build on the
energy efficiency achievements of GGAS. This scheme, to be known as
the Energy Savings Scheme, will commence on 1 July 2009 and will
continue until 2020 unless replaced by a national scheme.
On 2 March 2009, the government provided details of the last
limb of its energy efficiency strategy, being the $150m business,
household and NSW agency energy efficiency program.
Business, household and NSW agency energy efficiency program
The program has the following eight measures:
NSW energy savings target - A NSW economy-wide energy savings
target will be set and the state's progress against the target
published every 12 months. This measure is being led and
established by the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change
Energy Savings Scheme -The Energy Savings Scheme as established
under the GGAS will require electricity retailers to pursue
additional energy efficiency measures in households and businesses.
The energy savings target starts on 1 July at 0.4% of electricity
sales in NSW and ramps up to 4% by 2014.
Energy savings by large energy users - The state's largest
energy users will be required to implement the cost-effective
energy savings measures identified in their Energy Savings Action
Extra training - Skilled trades and businesspeople will be
trained to meet the growing demand for 'green collar'
workers, such as plumbers, electricians and interior designers who
are able to deliver energy-efficient design, building and other
Low-income Household Refit Program - $63-million has been
allocated for home energy audits and free energy savings kits to
220,000 low-income families. Householders will have
energy-efficient light bulbs, water-saving showerheads and low-flow
tap aerators installed in their homes and receive tailored advice
on other ways to save energy. It's estimated this will help cut
the average annual power bill by up to 10% or $95.
Small Business Energy Efficiency Program - $15-million has been
allocated to provide on-site advice for 6,000 small and medium
businesses. Rebates will be offered to assist initiatives such as
lighting upgrades and improvements to air-conditioning and
refrigeration. As a result, the average small business is expected
to save $7850 on power bills over 10 years.
Expansion of the Sustainability Advantage Program - An extra
$20 million has been allocated to allow DECC to work with an
additional 800 medium to large businesses on leading-edge waste
reduction and energy- and water-saving measures. It has been
estimated that energy use in these businesses will be cut by at
Energy Efficiency Community Awareness Program - $15 million has
been allocated to a community awareness program which will provide
practical advice on how to save energy at home and work.
Public sector energy savings - NSW Government agencies will be
required to reduce energy consumption. The NSW Government
Sustainability Policy includes a target to reduce emissions from
energy use in government-owned or tenanted buildings to 2000 levels
by 2019-20. The NSW Government is also committed to being
carbon-neutral by 2020 (with Cabinet achieving this by
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