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Delving into NSW's Energy Efficiency Action Plan

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The NSW government has released a plan to increase energy efficiency levels across the state, to assist households, businesses and government sectors in making savings.

If you live in NSW and are affected by its electricity prices and usage, you might be interested in some of the more specific aspects of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

One of the overall goals of the plan is to reach goal five of 'NSW 2021'. The NSW plan is an overall goal for the state that has the aim of making the region 'number one' in Australia by the year 2021. It focuses on the economy, infrastructure, services, government, communities and the environment, with a number of goals and targets, and action plans supporting each. Goal five is to place downward pressure on the cost of living, and greater energy efficiency can help to achieve this.

Encompassed in this goal is the aim of realising energy savings of 16,000 gigawatt-hours every year, by the year of 2020. In addition to this, the plan is for 220,000 low income households to reduce their energy usage by up to 20 per cent by 2014 - a looming deadline - through energy efficiency measures.

Buildings will also be retrofitted so that half of NSW commercial floor space will achieve a four star NABERS energy and water rating by 2020. NABERS is a national environmental performance rating system, which measures and analyses how well a building is doing in terms of its energy efficiency, waste management, water usage and general environmental quality.

The NSW government will utilise already existing energy usage initiatives, and transform them for more targeted, effective and accessible processes - while also implementing any new necessary schemes or policies.

"We want to remove barriers for households and business that prevent cost-effective savings due to lack of information, skills, time or a 'hassle factor'," said Environment Minister Robyn Parker.

In addition, Ms Parker said that hospitals and other key government services will have more straightforward access to the government's Treasury Loan Fund to pay for energy efficiency upgrades.

Under the plan, every government department will pursue large-scale energy efficiency projects with a payback period of less than six years."

Posted by Charlie Moore