Gov't announces energy initiatives for low income earners

The federal government has announced that assistance will be provided to low income earners who are struggling with rising electricity prices.

Federal climate change minister Greg Combet has announced that the first 11 recipients of the $39.8 million portion of the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) have been chosen.

He said: "This funding will be used to trial ways of helping low income households to become energy smart.

"Up to 25,000 low income households are expected to benefit. The LIEEP is also designed to create new local job opportunities."

Various groups will benefit from the funding including, not-for-profit groups, charities, welfare organisations, trade unions and manufacturing businesses.

The 11 projects will be aimed at tearing down the barriers to the uptake of energy efficiency, including increasing the access to information, initial costs and behavioural patterns which result in higher energy consumption.

These schemes will also look at addressing low income earners who are located in hard to reach areas like caravan parks and remote indigenous communities.

"The LIEEP is part of the Gillard Government’s effort to assist in the transition to a clean energy future and will help support households most vulnerable to rising prices to make smart energy choices and reduce their energy costs," parliamentary secretary for climate change and energy efficiency, Mark Dreyfus said.