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What is REES?

What exactly is REES?

The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) is a South Australian Government energy efficiency scheme that provides incentives for South Australian households and businesses to save energy.

It does this through establishing energy efficiency and audit targets to be met by electricity and gas retailers.

REES commenced in 2009 as the Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme, and expanded to become the Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme, providing energy efficiency products for the commercial sector, on 1 January 2015.

The REES sets energy retailer targets for undertaking energy efficiency activities in priority group households.

Who is Eligible?

South Australian businesses and households may be able to access discounted or free energy efficiency activities.

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Business

BUSINESSES MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE OR REES-DISCOUNTED LED LIGHTING REPLACEMENTS.

  • Eligible businesses are those which have not had a REES upgrade undertaken at their address before.
  • Maximum of 900 GJ REES credits available per site.
  • To take advantage of these offers, products must be accredited and installed by an REES-accredited electrician.
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Households

HOUSEHOLDS MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE RETROFIT ENERGY PRODUCTS AND/OR REES-DISCOUNTED PRODUCTS SUCH AS HOT WATER.

Low income households may also be able to receive a home energy assessment.

REES household activities cannot be be undertaken twice at the same address, except where:

  • The occupant has changed and the lights or standby power controllers are no longer in the house; and / or
  • Not all products were changed over in a previous visit.

Priority Group Households

For the purposes of the REES, a “priority group” household is as defined in the Electricity (General) Regulations 2012 and Gas Regulations 2012 as follows:

priority group household means residential premises in which a person resides who:

(a)   is the holder of a current pensioner concession card issued by the Commonwealth Government; or

(b)   is the holder of a current TPI Gold Repatriation Health Card issued by the Commonwealth Government; or

(c)   is the holder of a current War Widows Gold Repatriation Health Card issued by the Commonwealth Government; or

(d)   is the holder of a current Gold Repatriation Health Card (EDA) issued by the Commonwealth Government; or

(e)   is the holder of a current Health Care Card (including a Low Income Health Care Card) issued by the Commonwealth Government; or

(f)   is a recipient of the South Australian Government Energy Concession

(g)  falls within a class of persons who are experiencing hardship determined or approved by the Minister or the Commission for the purposes of these regulations.

For the purposes of section (g) above:

  • The Commission has approved the addition of residential customers who are actively participating in retailer hardship programs.
  • The Minister has approved the addition of residential customers who:
    – receive a referral from a registered member of the South Australian Financial Counsellors Association (SAFCA), or
    – are participating in an energy retailer’s payment plan.
For more information on the South Australian Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES), please go to the Essential Services Commission of SA website.