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REES electricity


The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) which ran from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2020, has been replaced by Retailer Energy Productivity Scheme (REPS).

The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) is implemented through Part 4 of the Electricity (General) Regulations 2012 under the Electricity Act 1996 and Part 4 of the Gas Regulations 2012 under the Gas Act 1997.

On 6 November 2014, the Electricity (General) Variation Regulations 2014 and Gas Variation Regulations 2014 were gazetted. These regulatory amendments establish the scheme arrangements that apply from 1 January 2015.

The Regulations set out:

  • the method for determining whether an energy retailer has obligations under REES in a year;
  • that there are three targets under REES (set by the Minister):
    • an energy efficiency target;
    • a priority group energy efficiency target; and
    • an energy audit target.
  • the rules relating to meeting annual targets by obliged retailers;
  • how the Minister will determine the energy efficiency activities that can be undertaken in REES;
  • the Commission as the administrator of the REES, responsible for:
  • determining the annual targets for energy retailers;
  • compliance activities; and
  • publishing an industry code (REES Code) setting out the administrative rules of the REES.
  • the penalty regime to apply to obliged retailers (where annual targets are not met).

The Minister for Energy and Mining sets the annual targets to be achieved through the REES. These are then apportioned to each obliged energy retailer by the Commission.

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