Targets

REES electricity

 

Under the Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES), obliged energy retailers must provide energy audits and energy efficiency activities to South Australian residential and business customers in accordance with allocated targets established by the Commission. This requires the Commission to identify, prior to the commencement of each calendar year, which electricity and gas retailers will be bound by the scheme in that year and to allocate energy audit and energy efficiency activity targets to those retailers.

While all energy retailers are bound by the Regulations (REES is established under Parts 4 of the Electricity (General) Regulations 2012 and Gas Regulations 2012), a retailer will only be obliged to meet REES targets if either:

  • its residential customer numbers exceed a threshold level set by the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy (the Minister). For REES Stage 3 (2015, 2016 and 2017), the customer threshold numbers have been set at 5,000 residential electricity customers and 5,000 residential gas customers; or
  • its electricity purchases, in the preceding financial year, exceed a threshold level set by the Minister. For REES Stage 3, the threshold has been set at 27,000 MWh or more of electricity (less designated electricity purchases1) for on-selling to South Australian customers; or
  • its gas purchases, in the preceding financial year, exceed a threshold level set by the Minister. For REES Stage 3, the threshold has been set at 100,000 GJ or more of gas (less designated gas purchases2) for on-selling to South Australian customers.

1 The Minister has determined designated electricity purchases to be purchases of1,000 MWh or more of electricity for on-selling and subsequent use in South Australia through an individual contract for sale.

2 The Minister has determined designated gas purchases to be purchases of 3,600 GJ or more of gas for on-selling and subsequent use in South Australia through an individual contract for sale.

Refer to the Commission’s REES Code proposed amendments 2014 - final decision for further details on how the Commission will determine what electricity or gas obligation an energy retailer will have for any REES year.

Energy efficiency activities

Energy efficiency activities are available for all South Australian households and some businesses. Householders and businesses can take up incentives offered by any obliged retailer for the installation of various pre-approved energy efficiency activities, such as the installation of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), low-flow showerheads and ceiling insulation. See the list of current approved energy efficiency activities for REES.

The Minister must fix an overall energy efficiency target to be achieved by obliged retailers though the provision of energy efficiency activities to South Australian households and businesses. The annual energy efficiency targets(expressed in normalised gigajoules of energy) for REES Stage 3 are: 

Energy efficiency target (GJ)
 2015  2016 2017
1,200,000 1,700,000 2,300,00 

The Minister has set an amount of the energy efficiency target required to be undertaken in low-income households. The annual priority group energy efficiency targets (expressed in normalised gigajoules of energy) for REES Stage 3 are:

Energy efficiency target - priority group (GJ)
 2015  2016 2017
230,769 
326,923    
442,308 

The Commission must apportion the overall energy efficiency targets for each obliged retailer in accordance with formulae gazetted by the Minister in accordance with the Regulations (refer to pages 6649-6650 of the 11 December2014 Government Gazette for the apportionment formulae).

Energy audits

Energy audits are available for low-income households, to help assess current energy use practices, compare usage to energy efficient practices and identify practical ways to be more energy efficient at home. The annual energy audit targets (numbers of households) for REES Stage 3 are:

Energy audits (no of audits)
2015 2016 2017
5,667
5,667  
5,667

The Commission must apportion the overall annual energy audit targets for each obliged retailer in accordance with formulae gazetted by the Minister in accordance with the Regulations (refer to pages 6649-6650 of the 11 December2014 Government Gazette for the apportionment formulae).

As scheme administrator, the Commission will ensure that energy retailers comply with the REES. The Commission will also be responsible for reporting to the Minister annually on retailers' progress in achieving the required targets.

Any REES enquiries should be addressed to: rees@escosa.sa.gov.au