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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2494 ..

The ACT Government has jointly funded a grant with Energy Consumers Australia since 2016 to establish a part-time energy consumer advocacy position in the ACT which is delivered by the ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS). This position works with the ACT Energy Policy Consortium to advocate for ACT energy consumers including households, non-government organisations and small businesses. Members of the Consortium have included: ACTCOSS, Care Financial Counselling Service (CFCS), Conservation Council ACT Region, SEE-Change, and the Canberra Business Chamber. Meetings are held bi-monthly with representatives of the Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate. This forum provides an ongoing opportunity to seek input energy saving services relevant to households and small business.

(4) The EEIS does not receive Government funding from tax revenue. The scheme is self-funding. Electricity retailers are classified into two groups based on volume of electricity sales and customer numbers, 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 (ESC) fee equal to the estimated cost of participation of a Tier 1 retailer. To date, all smaller retailers have chosen to make an ESC, rather than deliver eligible activities.

The total revenue from energy savings contributions by compliance year (calendar year) under the scheme since 2016 is directly below.

2016: $2.762 million

2017: $2.163 million

2018: $2.241 million

2019: $2.57 million

2020: $2.608 million

The Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012 (the Act) requires that all revenue raised as a result of the EEIS be used for purposes that are consistent with the Objects of the Act1, including administration of the scheme and ACT Government delivered energy efficiency programs/initiatives.

(5) There is a distinction between the total list of energy efficiency solutions (activities) that are eligible for delivery under the scheme and listed activities the electricity retailers will choose to offer to consumers. There are 25 eligible activities that are outlined in the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement (Eligible Activities) Determination 2020 (No 2) (the Determination). An electricity retailer can choose the range of eligible activities they wish to undertake from the Determination, to meet their energy savings obligations in any compliance year. This means that only a portion of eligible activities might be delivered in any year.

Double-glazing and secondary-glazing are eligible energy efficiency upgrade activities under the scheme, through the below approved activities:

- “Install a thermally efficient window”, which captures the installation of high thermal performance glazing or glazed products in a window opening or openings in an external wall of a conditioned zone to replace existing single glazed window/s that does not meet the minimum thermal performance requirements in section 1.4.3, so that the glazing fills the entire window opening or openings.

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