- The Government has signalled its intention to incentivise home electrification and energy efficiency.
- Brighte administers comparable home sustainability programs in the ACT and Tasmania.
- Brighte expects a national program would build on the positive outcomes of state-level initiatives.
Following an agreement with the Greens, the Albanese Government has committed to supporting the transition of households from gas to electricity.
Brighte founder and CEO Katherine McConnell said Government action on home energy costs and sustainability is crucial as cost-of-living pressures grow.
“Brighte is a long-standing advocate for targeted government action to help households and businesses. We have seen these programs at the state level reduce energy bills, lower emissions, increase energy efficiency, and ensure no one is left behind in the clean energy transition.”
“Low-income households are particularly susceptible to rising energy costs, and programs that improve energy efficiency and sustainability are an important component of easing these pressures.”
Brighte currently administers the ACT’s Sustainable Household Energy Scheme and Tasmania’s Energy Saver Loan Scheme. McConnell said these two programs offer lessons and opportunities for a national initiative.
”With our deep sustainability experience in delivering two successful state electrification schemes, Brighte hopes the Government’s national approach will leverage the successful model and ongoing work of these jurisdictions.”
“Choosing the right delivery model for these programs is a key success factor in maximising community benefit. Brighte would be delighted to leverage its learnings to work with all stakeholders in developing this important program to ensure it delivers energy savings, benefits and manages risk appropriately.”
“We look forward to working with the Government as it consults across industry and all levels of government to design this important scheme.”
The Government is presenting the household electrification scheme as the first dividend of the National Energy Performance Strategy, and is developing a proposal for inclusion in the May Budget.
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