18 December 2012 Victorian organisations were the big winners, receiving over half of the $39.8 million allocated to Round One recipients, of the Federal Government’s $100 million Low Income Energy Efficiency Program.

Kildonan UnitingCare, a Koorie Energy Efficiency Project, received $5.5 million to trial and evaluate activities and strategies that address Victorian Aboriginal experiences of energy and water in Victoria. The project will enable Aboriginal consumers to focus on energy affordability, managing rising consumption costs and to navigate the energy market.

The South East Councils Climate Change Alliance received $4.4 million towards its Low Income Energy Saver Direct Care and Motivators Project. The project creates new and innovative ways for Direct Care Workers in south east Melbourne, who currently provide council services to low income retired, elderly or disabled people, to increase energy efficiency through a tailored retrofit and behaviour change program.

Meanwhile, the Brotherhood of St Laurence received $4.2 million for its Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Project which will help low income households in Melbourne and regional Victoria to upgrade to more efficient hot water systems.

And up north, in the Northern Territory, Indigenous Essential Services will see Manymak (Good) Power Use! enable low-income households in east Arnhem Indigenous communities to achieve measurable gains in energy efficiency for social, economic and environmental benefit. The initiative received $9.4 million.

Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Greg Combet said the funding would be used to trial ways of helping low income households to become energy smart.

“Up to 25,000 low income households are expected to benefit. The LIEEP is also designed to create new local job opportunities,” he said.

A list of all 11 Round One recipients is here.