$42 million granted to communities for smarter energy use
Improving energy efficiency is a central element of the Federal Government’s Clean Energy Future plan to help boost productivity in our economy and move Australia towards a low-carbon future.
The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, said the 63 successful round one recipients of the Community Energy Efficiency Program would co-fund projects to improve energy efficiency in community buildings such as museums, indoor sports and aquatic centres, art galleries and libraries.
Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Mark Dreyfus said, ‘The Community Energy Efficiency Program will help to inform the community about the benefits of smart energy use, while providing improved services and amenities, buildings and community facilities. It will help lower energy use, cut pollution, save money and support local industries.’
A wide range of high quality proposals were received in the first round of the program, with 63 projects to be funded out of 298 applications. The successful projects vary from energy efficiency upgrades of heritage listed buildings to installing new street lighting and tri-generation projects.
An independent committee assessed the applications on the potential to improve energy efficiency, encourage and demonstrate energy management, value for money, project management and design.
The $200 million Community Energy Efficiency Program has multiple rounds. An announcement on round two will be made later this year.