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Energy efficiency grants to cut costs strengthen our local economy



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THE HON MARK DREYFUS QC MP Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation

THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP MEMBER FOR HUNTER

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE 30 October 2012

ENERGY EFFICIENCY GRANTS TO CUT COSTS STRENGTHEN OUR LOCAL ECONOMY

Federal Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, today welcomed a new round of national funding for three energy efficiency programs designed to drive smarter energy use across the community.

“These grants will help local councils, businesses and community organisations save money and cut pollution by improving energy efficiency in buildings, homes and streetscapes,” said Mr Fitzgibbon.

“Saving on energy costs leaves more money for councils to re-invest in community projects and boosts the bottom line for small and medium businesses. These grants will strengthen local economy in the Hunter electorate,” said Mark Dreyfus, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Maitland City Bowls Sports and Recreation Club was one of 63 successful projects funded from over 295 applications in the first round of CEEP and received $403,607 to focus on installation of a tri-generation system to upgrade heating and cooling for the club.

New funding rounds for the following three energy efficiency programs opened today:

• Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP): a $200 million program to help local government and not-for-profit and organisations undertake energy efficiency upgrades to community infrastructure such as council buildings and recreation centres.

• Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP): a $100 million program to demonstrate smarter energy use and provide practical advice and assistance to low income households across Australia.

• Energy Efficiency Information Grants (EEIG): a $40 million program to support small and medium sized businesses and community groups by providing tailored information and advice on how to save energy and cut costs with smarter energy choices.

“Today, I encourage all eligible applicants to apply. The government is committed to promoting better energy efficiency - it saves money, cuts pollution and improves our living

standards at home and in the community. These are the benefits of moving towards a clean energy future,” said Mr Dreyfus.

The guidelines for each of these programs are now available and applications open on the 30 October. To find out more about the package of energy efficiency programs visit: www.climatechange.gov.au

Media contact: Christine Boyd 0488 654 527

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