Energy programs - closed

Managing energy use is a critical issue for Australia and the Australian Government has delivered a series of programs that have supported industry, community and individuals to manage energy use and costs. The following programs were administered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS). Archived information regarding these programs is available in the Australian Government Web Archive.

1. Ethanol Production Grants (EPG) program

The Ethanol Production Grants (EPG) Program was designed to support production and deployment of ethanol as a sustainable alternative transport fuel in Australia. The EPG Program provided full excise reimbursement, at the excise rate, to ethanol producers for ethanol produced and supplied for transport use in Australia from locally derived feedstock.

The Program provided $839 million in funding. The Program closed on 30 June 2015.

2. Charities Maritime and Aviation Support Program

The Charities Maritime and Aviation Support (CMAS) Program was introduced on 1 July 2012 to assist eligible charities with maritime and aviation fuel cost increases as a result of the carbon price. This recognised charities’ inability to pass on additional costs associated with the carbon price and the potential impacts on their operations. Under the Program, eligible charities received payment for the demonstrable cost increase incurred due to the effective carbon price on fuels purchased for eligible maritime and aviation activities.

The Program provided $1.87 million to 37 eligible charities. The Program closed on 17 July 2014

3. Community Energy Efficiency Program

The Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) was part of a suite of measures announced in July 2011 as part of the governments' climate change strategy. CEEP is a competitive merit-based grant programme that provides co-funding to local governing bodies and non-profit community organisations to implement projects that deliver a range of energy efficiency measures in council and community owned buildings, facilities and sites; particularly where this would benefit low socio-economic and other disadvantaged communities or support energy efficiency in regional and rural councils.

Grants were awarded to 171 recipients, for a total of $113.4 million. 11 grants were withdrawn before Funding Agreements were executed and 7 projects were terminated during the Program, some projects were partially completed at the time of termination. At the close of the Program, a total of $96.3 million was paid in grant funding and 153 projects completed. The Program closed 30 June 2016.

Final reports

4. Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program

The Energy Efficiency Information Grants (EEIG) Program was part of a suite of measures announced in July 2011 as part of the governments' climate change strategy. The Program assisted industry associations and non-profits to provide practical, tailored energy efficiency information to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and community organisations, allowing them to make informed decisions about energy efficiency - and thereby reduce their operational costs.

For tailored energy efficient advice developed by EEIG grant recipients specific to your business sector, visit the Small Business page on eex.gov.au.

Across two funding rounds, 46 recipients received a total of $33.2 million. The Program closed on 30 June 2015.

5. Local Government Energy Efficiency Program

The Local Government Energy Efficiency Program (LGEEP) provided financial assistance to local governments for the installation of solar and heat pump hot water systems in community buildings and facilities, particularly where those authorities were situated in low socio economic or otherwise disadvantaged areas.

Grants were awarded to 214 local councils for a total of $6.7 million. The Program closed on 30 June 2014.

6. Low Income Energy Efficiency Program

The Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) was part of a suite of measures announced in July 2011 as part of the governments' climate change strategy. LIEEP is a competitive merit-based grant program established by the Commonwealth Government to provide grants to consortia of government, business and community organisations to trial approaches to improve the energy efficiency of low income households and enable them to better manage their energy use.

Across two funding rounds 20 recipients were successful in securing grants worth a total of $55.3 million. The Program closed 30 June 2016.

Final reports

7. National Solar Schools Program

Over $217 million was provided to 5,310 schools to install renewable energy systems, rainwater tanks and a range energy efficiency measures. The solar power systems installed produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4600 average households every day. The funding helped to educate students about renewable energy and energy efficiency, and that everyday actions can prevent the production of millions of tonnes of carbon pollution.

The Program closed on 30 June 2013.

8. Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme - Solar Hot Water Rebate

Under REBS, over 255,000 rebates in excess of $323 million was provided to eligible home-owners, landlords or tenants replace electric storage hot water systems with solar or heat pump hot water systems. Eligible households could claim a rebate of $1000 for a solar hot water system or $600 for a heat pump hot water system.

9. Smart Grid, Smart City

The Smart Grid, Smart City (SGSC) project trialled Australia's first commercial-scale smart grid. The project went from October 2010 to February 2014 and was delivered and funded by the Australian Government in partnership with Ausgrid, EnergyAustralia and their consortium partners IBM Australia, GE Energy Australia, Sydney Water, and Newcastle City Council. The Australian Government provided a $100 million grant for the project, which was complemented by more than $400 million of cash and in-kind contributions committed by the project consortium.

The SGSC project gathered robust information about costs and benefits by testing a smart grid in a real world context. The outcomes of the project can be used to inform future decisions by government, electricity providers, technology suppliers and consumers across Australia.

For more information about the program, including reports, supporting documentation and links to SGSC data, please refer to the web archive of the pages.

10. Solar Cities Program

The Solar Cities program worked in partnership with local government and industry consortia groups. There were seven Solar Cities with each Solar City trialing a combination of options for homes and business to save money and energy.

11. Energy Efficiency Opportunities

Established under the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Act (2006), the EEO Program was designed to improve the identification and evaluation of energy efficiency opportunities by large energy-using corporations and, as a result, encourage implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities. Companies were required to conduct rigorous assessments of their energy use and publicly report on assessment outcomes. EEO case studies, information resources and results reports are available on the Energy Exchange website.

12. Energy Efficiency Best Practice

The EEBP Program commenced in 1998 using sector case studies, benchmarking reports and information products to better inform industry of the benefits of energy efficiency and assist companies in overcoming barriers to the adoption of energy efficient practices. In May 2000, the focus of the Program shifted to implementation, innovation and capacity building. EEBP acted as a precursor to the EEO Program.