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.
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 2015 to 2017 were published in the 11 December 2014 Government Gazette (see page 6648 onward). These included the targets for 2015, 2016 and 2017, obligation thresholds for 2015, 2016 and 2017, the value of the designated purchases and how targets were allocated for the period.
For more information download REES final decisions on thresholds and targets PDF, 140.45 KB.
Energy audits and energy efficiency activities
The 18 December 2014 Government Gazette (see page 6787 onward) included minimum specifications for:
- 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 more information download the REES Final decisions on Activity Specifications and Ministerial Protocol PDF, 436.19 KB.
For competency requirements for people providing a REES energy audit, and for details about how to conduct an audit, download the energy audit specification PDF, 434.68 KB.
The REES obliged retailers have nearly completed the 17,000 energy audits allocated to them for 2015-2017 as part of the REES scheme. Once they have met their allocations, they are not obliged to offer audits to households, though they may still choose to do so.
Some retailers are still undertaking audits, so if a householder wants an audit, they can still contact each of the different REES obliged retailers or third-party contractors to ask if they can access an audit, as availability may differ between contractors.
Targets for REES energy audits for 2018-2020 are currently being developed, so energy audits for priority group households will continue to be available under the scheme.
Obliged retailers and their third party contractors are still offering a range of energy savings activities to help householders and businesses lower their energy use, such as energy efficient light globes, stand-by controllers, or water saving showerheads that help use less hot water.
Activity review and reporting – ministerial protocol
The REES Ministerial Protocol PDF, 320.4 KB 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 PDF, 263.48 KB.
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 PDF, 314.87 KB.
BS1A – Installation of Insulation in an Uninsulated Ceiling Space PDF, 361.98 KB (Residential only)
BS1B – Installation of Top Up Insulation in a Ceiling Space PDF, 364.29 KB (Residential only)
BS1C – Installation of Insulation to an External Wall PDF, 361 KB (Residential only)
BS1D – Installation of Insulation to Floors PDF, 357.22 KB (Residential only)
BS2 – Building Sealing Activities (Various) PDF, 297.99 KB (Residential only)
BS3A – Replace an Inefficient Window with a Thermally Efficient Window PDF, 356.73 KB (Residential only)
BS3B– Secondary Glazing Retrofit PDF, 357.37 KB (Residential only)
Heating and cooling
HC1 – Install an Efficient New Flued Gas Space Heater (Non-Ducted) PDF, 297.74 KB (Residential only)
HC2A – Install an Efficient New Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner (Non-Ducted) PDF, 289.45 KB (Residential only)
HC2B – Install an Efficient New Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner (Ducted) PDF, 287.27 KB (Residential only)
HC3A – Install Efficient New Ductwork PDF, 361.93 KB (Residential only)
HC3B – Replace Ductwork with an Enhanced Ductwork System PDF, 360.31 KB (Residential only)
WH1 – Replace or Upgrade Water Heater PDF, 375.77 KB (Residential only)
WH2 – Replace an Inefficient Showerhead with an Efficient Showerhead PDF, 357.39 KB (Residential or commercial)
L1 – Install CFL or LED General Purpose Lamp PDF, 295.35 KB (Residential only)
L2 – Install LED Down-light Lamp or LED Down-light Luminaire PDF, 211.19 KB (Residential only)
L3 – Replace Halogen Floodlight Luminaire PDF, 202.07 KB (Residential only)
L4 – Replace Linear Fluorescent Luminaire PDF, 215.42 KB (Residential only)
CL1 – Commercial Lighting Upgrade PDF, 382.3 KB (Commercial only)
SPC1 – Install Stand-by Power Controllers - Audio Visual (AV) 277.7 KB PDF, 277.74 KB (Residential only)
SPC2 –Install Stand-by Power Controllers – Information Technology (IT) 280.5 KB PDF, 280.5 KB (Residential only)
APP1A – Purchase High Efficiency New Refrigerator or Refrigerator-Freezer PDF, 379.63 KB (Residential or commercial)
APP1B – Purchase a High Efficiency New Freezer PDF, 273.64 KB (Residential or commercial)
APP1D – Purchase a High Efficiency New Clothes Dryer PDF, 268.64 KB (Residential or commercial)
APP1F – Purchase a High Efficiency New Television PDF, 271.54 KB (Residential or commercial)
APP2 – Remove and Dispose of an Unwanted Refrigerator or Freezer PDF, 373.42 KB (Residential or commercial)
APP3 – Installation of a High Efficiency Pool Pump PDF, 284.38 KB (Residential only)
FLEX1 – Aggregate Metered Baseline Method (AMB) PDF, 606.45 KB (Residential or commercial)
For more information
Please contact DSD.REES@sa.gov.au