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Media Release
Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

8 December 2004

Householders to benefit from new energy efficiency trial in WA

Western Australian towns not on the main electricity grid may now be able to take part in an energy efficiency trial thanks to changes in the Australian Government Renewable Remote Power Generation Programme.

Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said that changes to the programme not only made it easier for electricity users in remote areas of Australia to access cleaner and healthier energy sources, but to also benefit from one-to-one assistance to improve energy efficiency in their homes.

"The trial involves a broad range of energy efficiency activities, most of which are focussed on the needs of householders. Successful energy efficiency measures reduce the amount of diesel used for electricity generation and less diesel means improved air quality, less noise and fewer greenhouse gases," Senator Campbell said.

"Home energy assessments will be supported by a giveaway of a compact fluorescent light to those households taking part. Other benefits will include rebates for highly energy efficient household appliances, energy audits for businesses and an overall assessment of the town's energy use patterns and energy saving opportunities. This information will feed into future programs for both remote and urban areas."

The project, which is expected to run for six months, will target up to three towns. Towns likely to be considered include Broome, Derby, Exmouth and Meekatharra. Savings are expected to include 140,000 litres of diesel per annum and continuing greenhouse gas reduction.

TheAustralian Government has provided funding of $100,000 to the project. It will be managed by the Sustainable Energy Development Office in Western Australia which has also committed $50,000.

The Renewable Remote Power Generation Programme is an Australian Government Programme designed to displace the use of diesel fuel used for electricity generation by increasing the uptake of renewable generation technologies in remote locations. Funding for the programme is based on the diesel fuel excise paid by remote public power generators in the financial years 2000-01 to 2003-04.

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