Small and medium businesses can now reap the benefits of the ACT Government's Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS), Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell announced today.
"The EEIS, which started in January 2013, requires electricity retailers to meet energy savings targets," Mr Corbell said.
"This can be achieved through activities such as installing highly efficient space and water heating, lighting and standby power controllers in Canberra homes.
"Now energy retailers can also offer energy saving measures to Canberra's small and medium businesses under the scheme," Mr Corbell said.
The expansion of the EEIS caters for energy retailers who do not have residential customers, and in doing so, increases the scheme's potential for reducing green house gas emissions.
The ACT Government looked into extending the EEIS to businesses as part of its climate change strategy, Action Plan 2 (AP2), which paves the way for meeting the Government's green house gas emission reduction targets.
"The EEIS will now give small and medium local businesses the opportunity to decrease their bills and carbon footprints, while providing retailers with greater means to meet their energy savings targets.
"The scheme was not extended to large businesses because they already have to comply with other existing national programs aimed at encouraging greater energy efficiency.
"Residential customers are still included in the EEIS, and low income households will still be specifically targeted by ActewAGL," Mr Corbell said.
For more information on the EEIS, visit www.environment.act.gov.au.
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