News Archive

Our latest media releases are listed here. If you would like to receive media releases directly, please email

Mar 2021

NSW ESS expansion packs punch Commonwealth could copy, 11 March 2021

The New South Wales government announcement yesterday of its energy savings scheme (ESS) target increase from 8.5 per cent to 13 percent of electricity consumption by 2030 is well timed and well considered. It is a massive post pandemic punch: socking the energy trilemma where it is hurting most: affordability…

Mar 2021

Yallourn closure 100 per cent offset with Energy Upgrades program, 10 March 2021

The Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program will offset 77 per cent of the electricity generation that will cease when Yallourn coal-fired power station is closed by Energy Australia in 2028, as announced today. The lights will even more assuredly stay on - particularly during peak summer demand events - if…

Dec 2020

VEU 2022-2025 ambitious targets announced, 8 Dec 2020

The Victorian government today announced ambitious targets for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program 2022-25 of 6.5 million to 7.3 million tonnes annually (mta) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e). The VEU targets will reduce Victoria’s energy consumption in 2025 by seven per cent according to the government and is one…

Nov 2020

Victorian energy affordability package monumental - 17 Nov 2020

The Victorian government today announced a $797 million energy efficiency affordability package including $447 million earmarked to support energy upgrades for low-income households and rental properties and $14 million to directly support expansion of the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program. Minimum energy standards with five stars for rental properties and…

Jun 2020

VEU 2021 target set by default - COVID-19, 3 June 2020

The Victorian government has decided to keep the 2021 Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program target the same at for 2020 (by using a default mechanism in the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Act). This is instead of releasing the 2021-2025 targets as anticipated by 31 May, the reason being due…

May 2020

ERF could better support energy efficiency - King review, 19 May 2020

The Energy Savings industry Association (ESIA) is encouraged by the Australian Government response to recommendations which could better support energy efficiency projects as outlined in the King review report released today. Energy efficiency upgrade projects are often upfront capital intensive and require complex methods. “The ERF has to date been…

Apr 2020

COVID-19 recovery energy upgrade stimulus more than a sugar hit, 14 April 2020

Targeted fiscal stimulus for households and businesses to undertake much needed energy efficiency upgrades will rapidly stimulate the economy and deliver long-term benefits. This approach will deliver much more than a short-term sugar hit as part of any well-considered COVID-19 recovery plan, according to the Energy Savings industry Association (ESIA)…

Jan 2020

Peak heat: more efficient and ‘smarter’ air con needed now, 31 Jan 2020

Right now Victorians need Government support to install more energy efficient and ‘smarter’ air conditioners so they can keep them on and stay cooler on super-hot days like today and yesterday when temperatures are soaring to 41-45 degrees Celsius. Air conditioning makes up a significant portion of increased electricity demand…

Dec 2019

Victorian energy savings scheme target increase to 2025, 5 Dec 2019

The ESIA welcomes the release yesterday of the Victorian Energy Upgrades program Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for target setting from 2021-25 which indicates the most ambitious targets since the program’s start in 2009. The cumulative impact of the favoured option will avoid 40.6 mega tonnes (Mt) of emissions in Victoria…

Nov 2019

NSW Energy Savings Scheme extending to 2050 with peak demand reduction scheme, 22 Nov 2019

The ESIA welcomes the announcement today by NSW Energy and Environment Minister Matthew Kean that the NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) will be expanded and extended to 2050 with a more ambitious target increasing gradually up to 13% by 2030. Customers will save $40 a year on bills. The ESS…

Latest News