Energy efficiency grants open
The Federal Government has announced new funding rounds for three energy efficiency grants have now opened in a bid to drive smarter energy use in business, local government, households and communities.
Under the second round of funding, the grants on offer are:
- the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) - a $200 million program to help local government and not-for-profit community organisations undertake energy efficiency upgrades to community infrastructure such as council buildings and recreation centres;
- the 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 to medium-sized businesses and community groups, by providing tailored information and advice on saving energy and cutting 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," Federal Minister for Energy Efficiency Greg Combet said.
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 through to energy smart choices.
Program opening and closing dates:
- Community Energy Efficiency Program - 30/10/12 - 7/02/13
- Low Income Energy Efficiency Program - 30/10/12 - 13/12/12
- Energy Efficiency Information Grants - 30/10/12 - 20/12/12
To find out more about the package of energy efficiency programs, visit: www.climatechange.gov.au