30 October 2012 — The Federal government has announced new funding of up to $340 million for three energy efficiency grant programs for business, local government, households and communities.

Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Minister Greg Combet and Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Parliamentary Secretary Mark Dreyfus  announced the funding on Tuesday, 30 October.

The programs are:

  • The Community Energy Efficiency Program – 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 – 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 – 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.

Applications for the Community Energy Efficiency Program close 7 February 2013, the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program, 13 December 2012 and Energy Efficiency Information Grants,20 December 2012.

Details: www.climatechange.gov.au