South Australia’s Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES)

by Energy Action | Nov 19, 2015
The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) is a South Australian government initiative that requires larger energy providers to help households and businesses save energy. This includes offering energy audits and energy efficiency activities. The REES commenced on 1 January 2015 and will operate to 2020. It builds on the Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme, which operated from 2009 to 2014.

Energy retailers that exceed certain thresholds are set annual targets for the delivery of energy efficiency activities to households and/or businesses. The following energy retailers had an obligation under REES for the 2015 year:

- AGL,

- Origin Energy,

- Simply Energy,

- Energy Australia,

- Alinta Energy,

- Lumo,

- Momentum Energy, and

- ERM Power

The REES is established under Part 4 of the Electricity (General) Regulations 2012 and Part 4 of the Gas Regulations 2012 which are Regulations having the force of Law.

Broadly, electricity and gas retailers’ terms & conditions contain clauses providing the capacity to pass on to customers any financial effect the retailer may incur as a result of a “Change in Law” (or sometimes called a “Change in Regulatory Instrument”). As retailers may legitimately incur added costs via the requirement to provide discounted or free energy audits and energy efficiency activities to customers, these costs will be passed on to their customers.

Whilst it is extremely unlikely any retailer has agreed to exclude the change of law provision in their contract with a customer, if our clients have any doubt regarding their retailer’s rights to pass through the costs, they should check their individual contract.



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  1. Koko | May 03, 2016
    Does this relate to only domestic businesses.
  2. Maurice Adams | Nov 25, 2015

    Does this relate to organisations that will install LED downlights  at no cost except for $5 for the down light or $10 if the downlight is for a dimmer system.

    Does this relate to only domestic or small business....e.g. restaurant

    Does the cost of installion then get added onto your account?

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