NSW Energy Efficiency Action Plan

The NSW Energy Efficiency Action Plan will place downward pressure on the cost of living for households, unlock energy productivity for business and position the NSW Government to lead by example.

The objectives of the plan are to deliver savings on bills to those most affected by recent price rises, and further reduce pressure on future prices.

The plan will ensure the NSW Government can meet Goal 5 of NSW 2021 to place downward pressure on the cost of living and make NSW number one. This goal includes targets to:

  • realise annual energy savings of 16,000 gigawatt-hours by 2020
  • support 220,000 low income households to reduce energy use by up to 20% by 2014
  • deliver high-standard building retrofit programs so 50% of NSW commercial floor space achieves a 4-star NABERS energy and water rating by 2020.

The NSW Government has made good progress in meeting these targets. This plan maintains this progress by incorporating the best parts of existing NSW Government energy efficiency programs and making them more cost-effective, more accessible and more targeted. It also commits to investigating new policy options that could deliver the additional savings required to meet NSW 2021 targets.

A new direction for NSW energy efficiency

This plan represents a shift to a more open and competitive market-based delivery of energy efficiency services that provides assistance to customers through their existing service providers.

There is increasing interest in energy efficiency across the community, but barriers that prevent the uptake of energy efficiency remain. The plan will provide the right structures, tools and incentives for product and service providers to help NSW households, business and government use energy more efficiently.

The plan provides 30 actions across five streams to deliver savings on bills and reduce pressure on future prices. These streams are:

  • strengthen the energy efficiency market
  • energy efficient homes
  • energy efficient business
  • energy efficient government
  • statewide delivery.

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Page last updated: 16 August 2013