The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) is a South Australian government initiative that requires energy retailers to help households and businesses save on energy use and costs, and lower their greenhouse gas emissions.
This is done by setting energy efficiency and audit targets for energy retailers to meet. Retailers with a large number of residential customers are set additional targets that ensure a certain amount of the energy savings activities they do are delivered to low-income households.
Customers can contact any of the REES obliged retailers or third-party contractors to find out what energy savings activities may be available for homes or businesses.
The 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 and is administered by the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA).
Find out more about free or discounted energy efficiency activities South Australian household or businesses accessible under the REES.
Thresholds and targets
The REES consists of two three-year stages: 2015 to 2017 and 2018 to 2020. The Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy sets the annual REES targets at the beginning of each stage. As the REES administrator, ESCOSA then allocates the targets to each obliged energy retailer.
Key elements for REES operation for 2018 to 2020 were published in the 11 July 2017 Government Gazette, from page 2839 onward. These included the targets, obligation thresholds, and how targets were allocated for the period. Designated purchases for 2018 to 2020 are as published in the 11 December 2014 Government Gazette, on page 6648.
|Annual energy efficiency targets (normalised gigajoules of energy)||2,300,000||2,300,000||2,300,000|
|The amount of the total annual energy efficiency target to achieve by providing energy efficiency activities to priority group households (normalised gigajoules of energy)||500,000||500,000||500,000|
|Annual energy audit target (number of audits)||7,367||7,367||7,367|
Energy audits and energy efficiency activities
- energy audits that energy retailers can deliver to meet any energy audit targets
- energy efficiency activities that energy retailers can deliver to meet their energy efficiency targets.
For competency requirements for people providing a REES energy audit, and for details about how to conduct an audit, download the energy audit specification:
- energy audit specification () - effective until 31 December 2018
- energy audit specification () - effective from 1 January 2019.
Activity review and reporting – ministerial protocol
The REES Ministerial Protocol () provides guidelines for:
- how the Minister determines the range of approved energy efficiency activities
- reporting requirements for ESCOSA in its role as scheme administrator.
For more information that applies to all approved REES energy efficiency activities, download the general specifications ().
Note that a number of these specifications make reference to the government's Installation of ceiling insulation – consumer safety self-assessment and installer acknowledgement form ().
BS1A – Installation of Insulation in an Uninsulated Ceiling Space () (Residential only) – effective from 1 May 2019
BS1B – Installation of Top Up Insulation in a Ceiling Space () (Residential only) – effective from 1 May 2019
BS1C – Installation of Insulation to an External Wall () (Residential only) – effective from 1 May 2019
BS1D – Installation of Insulation to Floors () (Residential only) – effective from 1 May 2019
BS2 – Building Sealing Activities (Various) () (Residential only)
BS3A – Replace an Inefficient Window with a Thermally Efficient Window () (Residential only)
BS3B– Secondary Glazing Retrofit () (Residential only)
Heating and cooling
HC1 – Install an Efficient New Flued Gas Space Heater (Non-Ducted) () (Residential only)
HC2A – Install an Efficient New Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner (Non-Ducted) () (Residential only)
HC2B – Install an Efficient New Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner (Ducted) () (Residential only)
HC3A – Install Efficient New Ductwork () (Residential only)
HC3B – Replace Ductwork with an Enhanced Ductwork System () (Residential only)
WH1 – Replace or Upgrade Water Heater () (Residential only)
WH2 – Replace an Inefficient Showerhead with an Efficient Showerhead () (Residential or commercial)
L1 - Install an LED General Purpose Lamp () - (Residential only) - effective 1 January 2019
L2 – Install LED Down-light Lamp or LED Down-light Luminaire () (Residential only)
L3 – Replace Halogen Floodlight Luminaire () (Residential only)
L4 – Replace Linear Fluorescent Luminaire () (Residential only)
CL1 – Commercial Lighting Upgrade () (Commercial only)
SPC1 – Install Stand-by Power Controllers - Audio Visual (AV) () (Residential only)
SPC2 –Install Stand-by Power Controllers – Information Technology (IT) () (Residential only)
APP1A – Purchase High Efficiency New Refrigerator or Refrigerator-Freezer () (Residential or commercial)
APP1B – Purchase a High Efficiency New Freezer () (Residential or commercial)
APP1D – Purchase a High Efficiency New Clothes Dryer () (Residential or commercial)
APP1F – Purchase a High Efficiency New Television () (Residential or commercial)
APP2 – Remove and Dispose of an Unwanted Refrigerator or Freezer () (Residential or commercial)
APP3 – Installation of a High Efficiency Pool Pump () (Residential only)
RDC1 – Install a Self-contained Refrigerated Display Cabinet () (Commercial only)
FLEX1 – Aggregate Metered Baseline Method (AMB) () (Residential or commercial)
IHD1 – Install and Commission an In-home Display Unit () (Residential only)
For more information
Please contact DEM.REES@sa.gov.au