REES Overview (Archive)
The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) which ran from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2020, has been replaced by Retailer Energy Productivity Scheme (REPS).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 a South Australian Government
energy efficiency scheme that provides incentives for South Australian
households and businesses to save energy. It does this through establishing
energy efficiency and audit targets to be met by electricity and gas
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) (Regulations) establish the policy framework of the REES.
The scheme initially commenced on 1 January 2009 as the Residential Energy
Efficiency Scheme. From 1 January 2015, the Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme
was replaced by the Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme and now includes small
business. The Regulations can be viewed at www.legislation.sa.gov.au.
The Regulations establish the Essential Services Commission of SA (Commission) as the administrator of the REES. The Commission administers the
scheme within the parameters defined by the policy framework to ensure that
energy retailers comply with the REES. The Commission is also responsible for
reporting to the Minister for Energy and Mining (Minister) annually on
retailers' progress in achieving the required targets.
Information for households and businesses
South Australian households and businesses may be able to access discounted
or free energy efficiency activities from energy retailers participating in the
REES. Low-income households may also be able to receive an energy audit.
The Minister has set the approved REES
energy efficiency activities; however, each energy retailer participating in the
scheme decides on what mix of those energy efficiency activities it will
undertake to meet its targets.
To find out what activities energy retailers are currently offering, you can
contact any of the obliged
energy retailers in South Australia, not just the retailer currently
supplying you. Energy retailers may contract out their energy audits and energy
efficiency activities to third-party contractors, and you may also contact these
See REES FAQs for further information on REES.
Any REES enquiries should be addressed to: email@example.com