NSW Energy Efficiency Programs - Cost Benefit Analysis

Cost–benefit analysis was completed for nine NSW Government energy savings programs in 2014. The programs were designed to help households, businesses and government agencies save energy.

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Key features of the evaluation

  • Based on data available in 2013
  • Analyses the programs’ collective impacts across the energy market, and also analyses and compares the savings and costs for each program
  • Uses the cost–benefit analysis protocol developed by NSW Treasury
  • Examines the impacts on retail electricity prices
  • Includes costs to businesses and households (i.e. private costs) involved with targeting energy efficiency – for some businesses and households this has been a barrier to making improvements
  • Some of the programs are ongoing. The analysis assesses activity from 2007 onwards; some programs will influence energy savings until 2040

What we learned

  • All the programs were effective. They generated significant energy savings for households and businesses, and an overall benefit in excess of $3.5 billion
  • Some of the greatest benefits are benefits to the electricity network, avoided carbon and pollution and avoided fuel and operating costs
  • Impacts on retail prices have been negligible, and future impacts are predicted to be low to moderate
  • Scope for improvement includes:
    • improving program design to make future programs more cost-effective
    • better understanding the relationship between benefits to the electricity network and electricity prices
    • working towards a common, national approach for program evaluation

Download the report

NSW Energy Efficiency Programs - Cost Benefit Analysis

Report by Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Limited, published December 2014.

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Page last updated: 10 December 2015