WEDNESDAY 31 DECEMBER, 2008 |
Negawatts - Energy Efficiency Focus For Australia In 2009
The greenest megawatt is one that that doesn't have to be created and is often
referred to as a "negawatt". The term was first used by Amory Lovins,
A US author of many books on renewable energy
, in a 1989 speech.
While 2008 will remembered as the year when renewable energy moved from the
fringe into the mainstream in Australia, 2009 will see an increased focus on
negawatts and energy efficiency programs in the country.
Starting January 1 2009, South Australia and Victoria will be the first
states offering householders energy efficiency incentives programs delivered via
local electricity retailers.
In Victoria, the Energy
, part of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET),
is a requirement placed on energy retailers throughout the state to help
achieve their emission reduction targets through energy efficiency activities.
This will include providing households with energy saving products and services
at little or no cost. The scheme is expected to reduce the average
Victorian household electricity bill by around $45 per year.
In South Australia, the Residential
Energy Efficiency Scheme
(REES) program, will operate in a similar way.
In addition to simple energy efficiency strategies such as switching
incandescent light globes to compact fluorescent lighting, electricity retailers
will be encouraged to team up with renewable energy equipment suppliers to offer
discounts to householders on larger items, such as solar
hot water services
, a national wind
equipment and installation services provider based in Victoria, will
be working with electricity utilities throughout the country in 2009 in forming
partnerships to offer discounts on related equipment to their customers.
Consumers will benefit through cheaper products and ongoing savings and
electricity companies will score "points" through such purchases that
will go towards their emissions reduction targets.
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