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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REES is currently under review by Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE).

On 23 July 2013 DMITRE released the "Review of the South Australian Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) - Directions Paper" which proposes future arrangements for a South Australian energy saving scheme from 1 January 2015.


The Directions Paper and further information are available on the Government of South Australia's website at: