Australian Government Provide $20 Million Boost for SME Energy Efficiency

THE Australian Government has awarded more than $20 million to improve energy efficiency among small businesses.

The Energy Efficiency Information Grants program, which is part of the country’s carbon pricing package, saw interest from over 200 SMEs.

The grants are going to businesses and organisations across several sectors, such as manufacturing, agriculture and tourism who are all required to use the grants to help small business members improve energy efficiency.

Greg Combet, Australia’s Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Minister, said: "These grants will enable organisations such as Master Grocers Australia to work with small grocery chains and help them assess how they can make smarter energy choices to reduce energy costs.

"This overwhelming response shows the Australian community understands that we need to be smarter with our energy use as we move towards a clean energy future.”

Parliamentary Secretary, Mark Dreyfus added:"Small and medium businesses and community groups are under a lot of time pressure. As a result, they often don't have the time, resources or information to find out how to save money by improving energy efficiency.

The Australian government is also providing additional support for SMEs under the CEF package, including an extra $5 million to improve delivery of clean technology advice and other non-grant support programs for Australia's small and medium businesses.

In addition, they are also increasing the instant asset write off for small and medium businesses with turnover of less than $2 million per year to $6500.

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Thursday 31st May 2012

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