VIC energy minister urges feedback on scheme

Victorian businesses are being encouraged to provide feedback on a state government plan to expand opportunities to reduce energy use.

The Energy Saver Incentive scheme will see the government set a target for how much energy it wants to save and then provide homes and business with energy efficient equipment and advice in a bid to cut down on consumption and protect their bottom line from rising electricity prices.

Energy and resources minister Michael O'Brien said he hopes to get back as much information from the public as possible.

He commented: "Under the existing scheme only specific energy efficiency measures such as installing certain energy saving products or replacing an existing piece of equipment with a more efficient model are recognised.

"The Coalition government is seeking feedback on how this scheme can support more initiatives that can help businesses seeking to reduce energy usage."

Public opinion is being sought in relation to the inclusion of project-based, workplace assessments which are designed to encourage other companies to reduce their consumption.

These evaluations, Mr O'Brien said, will allow for general upgrades that incorporate wide-ranging energy saving measures.

Posted by Charlie Moore