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Energy Efficiency

 

Energy Efficiency Programs

Energy efficiency programs and initiatives in Tasmania have the potential to create significant economic benefits to end-use energy users across each of the manufacturing, commercial and domestic sectors as well as social benefits in the domestic sector.

Electricity consumption in Tasmania is growing by almost 3% per annum and such trends periodically require increases of generation and transmission capacity.  Basslink and Tasmania joining the National Electricity Market (NEM) will help manage the growth in demand, however energy efficiency is a low cost and effective means to significantly reducing demand in aggregate terms and peak demand in particular.

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Buildings

Energy efficiency in commercial and domestic buildings has the potential to create significant economic savings while greatly enhancing thermal comfort for building occupiers.

In recognition of the energy savings and enhanced comfort to be derived from energy efficiency, the Australian Building Code Board has developed energy efficiency measures for domestic dwellings.  These were incorporated into the Building Code of Australia (BCA) on 1 January 2003.  Energy efficient measures for commercial buildings will be progressively incorporated into the BCA.

This means that over time all plans for new commercial and domestic buildings, or new extensions thereto, will need to comply with the BCA energy efficiency measures before a council can grant a building permit.

Further information:

Helpline - Workplace Standards Tasmania
Ph: 1300 366 322 or email

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National Framework for Energy Efficiency

The Ministerial Council on Energy (MCE) has endorsed the development of a National Framework for Energy Efficiency (NFEE) through a national working group comprising State, Territory and the Commonwealth Governments. 

The NFEE is identifying and addressing barriers and challenges to the uptake of energy efficient solutions in Australia and developing a policy framework to facilitate energy efficiency in industrial, commercial and domestic energy sectors.

The NFEE will build on the existing energy efficiency programs currently operating in Australia, such as Government Energy Management Programs, Minimum Energy Performance Standards for electrical equipment and appliances and the one watt Standby Program.

The NFEE has strong support across all Australian jurisdictions and is seen potentially as a low cost means to significantly reduce the annual growth in energy demand, currently at approximately 3%.

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Government Energy Management Program

GEMP's are being undertaken in all Australian jurisdictions and it is intended to review those programs to more efficiently facilitate a GEMP in Tasmania.

A successful GEMP will demonstrate to other energy user sectors the significant savings that can be made through energy efficiency.

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