Today the Government announced a package of energy efficiency programs designed to make it easier for all Australians to access assistance and support in the transition to a low carbon future.
The support for regional communities and smaller councils will create stronger local economies and new job opportunities as they are delivered in partnership with businesses, councils and community groups.
The investment will drive smarter energy use in business, local government, households and communities for a clean energy future. The programs announced today include the:
- Community Energy Efficiency Program - $200 million to assist local government, not-for-profit and community organisations to undertake energy efficiency upgrades to community infrastructure.
- Low Income Energy Efficiency Program - $100 million to support groups of service providers to demonstrate smarter energy use in low income households across Australia.
- Energy Efficiency Information Grants program - $40 million to support small and medium sized businesses and community groups by providing information and advice to make smarter energy choices.
Local government has often been a leader in the move towards a low carbon future. In a first for local government and for regional Australia, Wagga Wagga Council have partnered with Low Carbon Australia to reduce its energy costs by nearly $60,000 each year.
Applications for funding open on Monday 13 February 2012.