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The South Australian REES Review Report, which was tabled in Parliament on 5 February 2020, recommends that South Australia should continue to have a scheme from 2021.

The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) is scheduled to conclude on 31 December 2020. It is proposed that the Retailer Energy Productivity Scheme (REPS) will replace the current REES from 1 January 2021.

The South Australian REES Review Report (PDF 905.0 KB) noted that South Australia’s load profile and supply mix has changed with the high uptake of distributed energy resources and large-scale renewable energy. The Review found that significant customer and system benefits can be achieved through optimisation of energy use. It was therefore recommended a new scheme objective be defined as to ‘improve energy productivity for households, businesses and the broader energy system, with a focus on low-income households. This will reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, also potentially improving human health’.

DEM is working on a regulatory and administrative framework to commence the Retailer Energy Productivity Scheme (REPS) from 1 January 2021.

Consultation paper

A Consultation Paper (PDF 1.3 MB) on the REPS Regulatory Framework and Activities was released in June 2020. This Consultation paper seeks to progress key elements associated with the REPS going forward.

Submissions

Stakeholders are invited to provide a written submission on these proposals by emailing DEM.REES@sa.gov.au

Written submission must be received by 5PM (ACST) on 17 July 2020.