The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is understandably outraged that the ACT’s Energy Efficiency Retailers Scheme has neglected insulation:
The Greens have expressed shock to learn that insulation hasn’t been included as an eligible activity under the ACT’s Energy Efficiency Retailers Scheme, which is due to commence in January, and have called for the list to be immediately amended.
“Insulation is the most cost-effective way to cut energy consumption and bills so it makes no sense that it should be excluded from the scheme,” said ACT Greens Energy Spokesperson Shane Rattenbury.
A notifiable instrument released last Thursday lists draught sealing, double glazing, energy efficient air-conditioners and hot water heaters, lighting and a range of energy efficient appliances but makes no mention of insulation.
“According to the Government, they plan to add insulation in mid-2013, however no formal commitment has been made. This leaves potential insulation delivery partners in the lurch.
“It is ridiculous that energy saving power boards and energy efficient freezers have made the first cut when the energy savings they’ll deliver are a tiny fraction of those delivered by insulation.
“Insulation is the sort of energy efficiency upgrade that will deliver lasting cuts to the cost of living for Canberrans. It can cut energy consumption and bills by up to 55%. Ceiling insulation alone can save a Canberra home $670 annually, so it’s unclear how the scheme will deliver on the ambitious energy saving targets and bill savings it promised without including insulation.
“The Greens sought to make the eligible activities list a disallowable instrument when the legislation was passed, but the ALP and Liberals rejected our amendment. The Assembly has no role now –whatever government is in place after October 20 must move to immediately fix this poor decision.