Consumer Grants to bolster energy sector advocacy in WA

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WA Energy Minister Bill Johnston and Premier Mark McGowan

WA Energy Minister Bill Johnston today opened the first round of the Western Australian Advocates for Consumers of Energy (WA ACE) grants.

The WA ACE grants support projects that raise the voice of household and small business consumers in the energy sector, honouring a commitment made in the 2019-20 State Budget.

Eligible companies will be able to apply for project funding up to $50,000.

The WA ACE Grants have been established to:

  • support energy advocacy activities;
  • build knowledge and capacity of energy consumer advocates; and
  • promote solution-focused consumer-centric research in the energy sector.

Round one applications close on September 10, 2020.

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The WA ACE Grants form part of a broader program working to amplify the input of consumers into energy policy.

Energy Minister Bill Johnston said, “As Western Australia’s electricity sector transforms into a cleaner, reliable and affordable energy supply, we must ensure that the impact towards households is positive.

“Adding more consumer voices to the debate is essential during such a transformational period.

“The McGowan Government is committed to a cleaner, greener future, which is why we launched the Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap earlier this year.

“These grants will support more organisations in building consumer voices to be stronger than ever and we encourage all interested groups to get involved.”