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The Australian Government's Energy Efficiency Opportunities program encourages large energy-using businesses to improve their energy efficiency. It does this by requiring businesses to identify, evaluate and report publicly on cost effective energy savings opportunities. <more>
Findings from the Full-Cycle Evaluation of the EEO Program released
The findings from the Full-Cycle Evaluation of the EEO Program have been released. The independent review found the EEO Program was complementary to a carbon price and has been effective in addressing information failures to improve energy efficiency.
It has however recommended changes to Program requirements to address industry concerns around compliance costs. See the new EEO website for more information.
New Energy Efficiency Opportunities website now live!
A new EEO website has been launched at www.energyefficiencyopportunities.gov.au. The website has been developed in consultation with EEO companies, including a collaborative workshop with industry, a stakeholder survey and other user research methods. The site has a new structure and some additional features which will make the information more relevant and easier to find. If you have any feedback on the new site please feel free to use the feedback links on the site.
Release of version 2 of the Energy Savings Measurement Guide
The revised Energy Savings Measurement Guide (ESMG) provides guidance on how to estimate, measure, evaluate and track energy efficiency opportunities. It is primarily a technical guide, intended for company staff who will be involved in energy assessments and energy management.
Now Available – Industry Perspectives from the 2012 EEO Workshops
This report features quotes and insights from industry presentations delivered at the 2012 Workshops. Themes from the workshops included how best to involving People from across the business in the energy assessment process, adapting a progressive approach to Data and Analysis and implementing EEO Opportunities.
New Developments and Expansion Projects – Trials Commenced
The Department has commenced trialling the application of the modified EEO assessment and reporting framework on several new development and expansion projects.
Release of Continuing Opportunities Report 2011 New
The Continuing Opportunities Report for 2011 has just been released. The report summarises company results from EEO corporations reported to the end of June 2011. It indicates that companies are implementing projects reported to deliver 88.8 petajoules of energy savings, worth an estimated $800 million a year.
Data used to compile this report will be fed into a more detailed examination of results that will be released in the third quarter of 2012.
The Continuing Opportunities Report 2011 is available for download from the Continuing Opportunities Report 2011 page.
Voluntary Participation by Medium Energy Users
Medium energy using companies can now enter into a voluntary agreement to participate in the EEO Program.
For more information and to access the Voluntary Agreement template, see the Medium Energy User Voluntary Agreement page.
Trials and revised timing for the expansion to electricity & gas transmission and distribution businesses and new developments & expansion projects
The Minister for Resources and Energy, the Hon. Martin Ferguson AM MP, has announced revised timing for the expansion of the EEO program to network businesses and new developments and expansion projects to 1 July 2013
The revised timing is in response to industry feedback on the need for more time to consider the expansion. This will enable further consultation and trials with industry to better inform how the program should be applied and to gather additional data for the regulation impact statement.
If you are having trouble viewing links or finding information on the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program, phone the EEO Hotline on 1300 799 186.