Two wins for the ACT at national climate awards

Released 02/09/2019

The ACT Government’s highly successful Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS) and Next Gen Energy Storage Program have won national awards at the Cities Power Partnership Awards.

The Cities Power Partnership is Australia’s largest local government climate network, made up of over 100 governments from across the country, representing almost 11 million Australians.

The ‘Renewable Energy Achievement Award’ was awarded to the Next Gen Program and the ‘Energy Efficiency Achievement Award’ was awarded to the EEIS.

“This is fantastic recognition for two of the ACT’s key initiatives that are helping everyday Canberrans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and save money on their energy bills,” Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

“The Next Gen program offers attractive rebates for installing household batteries. Over 1,200 solar batteries have been supported so far across the ACT, totalling more than 5 megawatts of smart energy storage for the region.

“The program has also enabled the world’s first, and one of the largest, residential virtual power plants. This groups together individual solar battery systems to sell energy back to the grid when it’s needed most, and delivering a return to households.

“Our EEIS has helped deliver energy saving solutions to over 74,000 ACT households and businesses since 2013. It has achieved a lifetime emissions reduction equal to taking almost 165,000 cars off Canberra roads for a year.

“Last month we announced a range of additional changes to the EEIS that will enable even more savings for Canberra households and businesses. Earlier this year we also announced the scheme will be extended for another ten years from 2021 to 2030.

“The ACT is a global leader in climate change action and the success of these programs are integral to helping us to achieve our ambitious goals of 100% renewable electricity by 2020 and net zero emissions by 2045.”

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For more information on the EEIS visit:

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