ACT to share in $42 million for smarter energy use

Community services across the ACT are set to benefit from new lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation systems as part of a $3.2 million Federal Government grant aimed at improving energy efficiency in community buildings and facilities.

ACT Senator Kate Lundy, Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh and Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann said the ACT Government would receive $3.2 million as a round one recipient of the Government’s Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP).

A total of $42 million will be invested in 63 organisations across the country during round one to help demonstrate and encourage the adoption of improved energy management practices in local communities.

“Improving energy efficiency is a central part of the Gillard Government’s Clean Energy Future plan,” said Senator Lundy.

“This grant will help boost productivity in our economy and move Australia, and the ACT, towards a low-carbon future.”

Ms Brodtmann said the grant would help the ACT contribute to the national effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“By improving energy efficiency in community buildings, our environment here in Canberra benefits,” said Ms Brodtmann.

Dr Leigh said the Community Energy Efficiency Program will enable the ACT Government to inform the community about the benefits of smart energy use.

“This $3.2 million grant will help the ACT Government provide the community with improved services and amenities, buildings and community facilities. It will also help to lower energy use and support local industries,” said Dr Leigh.

Applications were assessed by an independent committee on the potential to improve energy efficiency, encourage and demonstrate energy management, value for money, project management and design.

The $200 million Community Energy Efficiency Program has multiple rounds. An announcement on round two will be made later this year.

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