New grants to support smarter energy use across the community

The Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the announcement of new funding rounds for three energy efficiency grant programs by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus.

“The new funding will drive smarter energy use in business, local government, households and communities as part of the Federal Labor government’s Clean Energy Future,” Ms Chesters said.

“A second round of grants has been announced for three programs; the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP), the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) and the Energy Efficiency Information Grants (EEIG).

“In total, the grants amount to $340 million and cover areas such as energy efficiency upgrades for local government and not-for-profit organisations, practical advice and assistance to low income households across Australian, and tailored information and advice to small to medium sized business on how to save energy and costs with smarter energy choices.

“The investment in trialling and demonstrating smarter ways to use energy in Australian households, communities and businesses will create new job opportunities and strengthen local economies. Central Victoria is well placed to take advantage of the schemes on offer.

“The second round of CEEP grants will make it easier to access assistance for projects that benefit low socio-economic and other disadvantaged communities, especially in regional and rural areas.

“The LIEEP grants are targeted directly at households that need practical help to improve energy efficiency. LIEEP supports the most vulnerable in making smart energy choices to improve living standards while reducing energy use.

“The second round of the EEIG program will add to the $20 million already allocated to 28 projects in the manufacturing, agriculture, retail and tourism sectors. These projects provide practical information to time-poor businesses on conserving energy and saving money.

“The Federal Government’s carbon price is aimed at encouraging businesses and households to act to minimise their energy consumption by more efficient usage, and so reduce Australia’s carbon pollution.”

“The Federal Labor Government is committed to promoting better energy efficiency – it saves money, cuts pollution and improves our living standards at home and in the community.

“I know Central Victorian’s initiative, and I know that they are keen to find ways use 
energy more efficiently. I encourage all eligible applicants to apply.

More information on the programs can be found at: www.climatechange.gov.au