Energy efficiency grants to strengthen local economy

Federal Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird and Federal Member for Throsby Stephen Jones today welcomed the announcement of a new round of national funding for three energy efficiency programs designed to drive smarter energy use across the Illawarra.

“These grants will help local councils, businesses and community organisations save money and cut pollution by improving energy efficiency in buildings, homes and streetscapes,” said Mr Jones.

“Saving on energy costs leaves more money for councils to re-invest in community projects and boosts the bottom line for small and medium businesses. These grants will strengthen the economy in the Wollongong region”, said Mark Dreyfus, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

“The Southern Gateway Centre has already reduced its energy use and saved considerable costs this year”, said Ms Bird.

New funding rounds for the following three energy efficiency programs opened today:

• Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP): a $200 million program to help local government and not-for-profit and organisations undertake energy efficiency upgrades to community infrastructure such as council buildings and recreation centres. • Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP): a $100 million program to demonstrate smarter energy use and provide practical advice and assistance to low income households across Australia. • Energy Efficiency Information Grants (EEIG): a $40 million program to support small and medium sized businesses and community groups by providing tailored information and advice on how to save energy and cut costs with smarter energy choices.

“Today, I encourage all eligible applicants to apply. The government is committed to promoting better energy efficiency – it saves money, cuts pollution and improves our living standards at home and in the community. These are the benefits of moving towards a clean energy future,” said Mr Dreyfus.

The guidelines for each of these programs are now available and applications open on the 30 October. To find out more about the package of energy efficiency programs visit: www.climatechange.gov.au