Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES)

On 21 August 2008, Regulations were made under the Electricity Act 1996 and Gas Act 1997 giving effect to the Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) announced by the South Australian Government in February 2008 for commencement from 1 January 2009. For further information visit

The Regulations establish the Essential Services Commission of SA (the Commission) as the administrator of the REES. The Regulations can be viewed at

The REES is an energy efficiency scheme that provides incentives for South Australian households to achieve greenhouse gas reductions and potentially lower their energy bills through reduced energy consumption. It does this through establishing obligations to be met by electricity and gas retailers.

The Commission administers the scheme within the parameters defined by the policy framework and in accordance with the Regulations. Each retailer is obliged to participate in the REES as a condition of the licence issued to the retailer by the Commission.

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 for Energy annually on retailers' progress in achieving the required targets.

Any REES enquiries should be addressed to:

REES Review

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The Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy requested the Department of State Development (DSD – formerly DMITRE) undertake a review of REES. The Review Report was tabled in Parliament in November 2013.

On 29 November 2013, the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy announced that the Government will extend the scheme to 2020 and expand it to include small businesses.

From 1 January the Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme will be replaced by the Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES).

DSD is now consulting on the obligation thresholds, metric, energy audit specification and energy saving activities specifications to be included under the extended and expanded REES.

The Department invites written submissions from interested parties in relation to the topics raised in the paper by Monday 8 September 2014.

The Consultation Paper and further information on the review is available at: