SA Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme

The South Australian Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme, which applied to residential consumers only, was expanded on in January 2015 to include business consumers and renamed the Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme

The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) obliges liable retailers to meet energy audit and efficiency targets, the latter via eligible activities such as installing insulation or LED down-lights.  The scheme applies to both gas and electricity consumption.

Energy retailers that exceed certain thresholds are set annual targets for the delivery of energy efficiency activities to households and/or businesses. Energy efficient activities that may be offered under the REES include:

  • - installation of energy efficient lighting, water efficient shower heads, stand-by power controllers, insulation and energy efficient water heating in homes,
  • - installation of energy efficient lighting and water efficient shower heads in businesses.

Each energy retailer participating in the scheme decides on what mix of approved energy efficiency activities it will undertake to meet its target.

The scheme administrator is the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) who released revised regulations in December 2014.  Officially ESCOSA is still determining which retailers are liable, and there are related delays in confirming retailer audit and efficiency targets.  Consequently some retailers were unable to pass on REES charges in their January invoices, and such retailers are likely to back date REES charges from 1 January onwards in subsequent invoices.     

Further information on REES is available at http://www.escosa.sa.gov.au/residential-energy-efficiency-scheme-rees.aspx or via your retailer.