Government unveils National Energy Performance Strategy

Man and woman on commercial roof observing solar panels
Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen with the Hon. Sally Quinnell MP

The federal government has released its National Energy Performance Strategy, to drive a high energy performance economy and help consumers take control of their energy use and save on bills.

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The strategy outlines action across five key focus areas—economy; households; communities, businesses and industry; energy system; and technology and innovation—and is focused on empowering Australians to improve energy performance and ensure more consumers have access to energy saving upgrades.

This includes greater access to tools that deliver transparency about the performance of homes, workplaces and appliances and reforms that will reduce barriers to making upgrades.

Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen said, “Energy performance is about energy savings and bill savings. We want more Australians to have the choice to save on energy and save on bills, and this strategy, along with our large investments’ energy saving upgrades for households and businesses across the country, does just that.

“Australia has a clear-cut plan to drive action on the demand-side of the energy market to support the economy-wide energy transformation and help put downward pressure on energy bills.

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy Jenny McAllister said, “Households are partners in our renewable energy transformation. We want solar on rooftops, batteries in garages to work hand in hand with the rest of the energy market.”

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The strategy drew on 135 submissions from businesses, industry, consumer groups and experts, roundtables, and consultation with state and territory governments.

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