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A national energy efficiency program to assist low-income households. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Ecos Corporation | KPMG.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. KPMG 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: KPMG were engaged by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and in conjunction with Ecos Corporation conducted a study into the possible impacts of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) on low-income households. This report outlines the range of options available to the Government for providing assistance. We welcome the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to addressing the problem of climate change, its acknowledgement of the difficulties facing low-income households and its commitment to engage with the community through the Green Paper. This report puts forward a roadmap for the Government to meet its commitment made in the Green Paper to assist low-income households. Our roadmap demonstrates the difficulties which will confront low-income households but more importantly provides a detailed plan of action to close the gap in the expected extra costs of energy bills resulting from the CPRS. The program outlined in this paper ensures that money will be spent in a way that most effectively meets the aims of the Commonwealth Government’s policy to provide assistance to low-income households. A cornerstone of our implementation plan is an unprecedented program of targeted home visits, aimed at harnessing the full potential of energy efficiency measures. Home visits achieve this by matching energy efficiency measures to the characteristics of the house, as well as taking into account demographic, geographic and climatic issues.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
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Analysis of job creation and energy cost savings : from building energy rating and disclosure policy /

by Burr, Andrew C | Institute for Market Transformation | Majersik, Cliff | Stellberg, Sarah.

Publisher: Amherst, Mass. Institute for Market Transformation 2012; Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2012Summary: "As part of efforts to reduce urban emissions, major cities and states, including New York City, San Francisco, the District of Columbia, and California, are now requiring building owners and operators to measure and disclose building energy performance. Such policies are expected to expand significantly in the coming years. In this study, produced with the Institute for Market Transformation, Heidi Garrett-Peltier analyzes the broader impact of these policies. Garrett-Peltier finds that they have the potential to create more than 23,000 new jobs in 2015 and more than 59,000 in 2020, along with significant savings in costs and energy consumption." -- ideas.repec.orgAvailability: (1)

Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency /

by Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Commonwealth Government 2010Description: HTML.Notes: WebsiteSummary: Climate change is one of the greatest economic, social, and environmental challenges of our time. Expert scientific evidence confirms that human activity is altering the climate. This is changing rainfall patterns, reducing water availability in Australia and increasing the frequency of severe weather events such as bushfires and storms. The Australian Government takes the challenge of climate change seriously. Our approach is to reduce greenhouse pollution in Australia in the short and long term; work with the international community to develop a global response that is effective and fair and to prepare for the climate change that we cannot avoid. On our website, you ll find information about the actions we are taking. But climate change is a challenge shared by all Australians so our website also includes information about actions householders and industry can take to reduce their carbon pollution.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Clean Energy Works Portland : a national model for energy-efficiency retrofits /

by Green For All.

Publisher: Oakland, California Green for All 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p.16-17Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Customer protections and smart meters : background paper /

by Johnston, May Mauseth.

Publisher: Deakin, A.C.T. St Vincent de Paul Society 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The purpose of this Background Paper for the 'Consumer Protections in Light of Smart Meters' project is to provide readers with an overview of the National Costbenefit Study and smart meter related consumer issues, as raised in the associated consultation processes.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Enabling investments in energy efficiency : a study of energy efficiency programs that reduce first-cost barriers in the residential sector /

by Fuller, Merrian | University of California. California Institute for Energy nd Environment.

Publisher: Berkeley, CA University of California. California Institute for Energy and Environment 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 21, 2009 This work was jointly funded by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE), and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC).Summary: Energy efficiency has a vital role to play in addressing our daily resource needs and creating a vibrant future for our society. This paper focuses on the first-cost barriers to increased energy efficiency in residential homes. Loans and other financing options will be important to enable the efficiency improvements to meet many of the goals of the California Public Utilities Commission?s Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. This study reviews existing, terminated, and proposed financing programs and reveals several limitations of these programs including: limited applicability of the programs to households most in need, low participation rates, difficulty assuring that savings will exceed payments, limited support for comprehensive energy retrofits, the inability of many programs to cover their costs, and issues particular to on-bill financing (OBF) programs. The author concludes with recommendations for improving the impact of financing programs in California.Availability: (1)

Energy efficiency and affordability for Australian households /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Brotherhood of St Laurence ; Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011; Climate Institute 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2011Summary: Improved energy use-efficiency presents significant opportunities for individual households and for the wider community. This document outlines proposals for two national projects that would increase residential energy efficiency and bring a range of benefitsAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Energy efficiency and fuel poverty : Third report of session 2008-09 : Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence /

by Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Environment, Food and and Rural Affairs Committee.

Publisher: London, U.K. Stationery Office 2009Description: [169p.].Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: More than 5 million UK households experienced fuel poverty last winter. The Government's statutory target to eradicate fuel poverty, as far as reasonably practicable, in vulnerable households by 2010 (and in all households by 2016) is likely to be missed; highlighting the weakness of a policy which attempts to address fuel affordability issues and domestic energy efficiency simultaneously. The Government should have reviewed its fuel poverty policies earlier given the upward trend in the number of fuel poor and rising fuel prices... (from introduction)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Energy efficient homes package (ceiling insulation) /

by Australia. Parliament. Senate. Environment, Communications nd the Arts References Committee.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Senate, Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee, 2010 July 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The inquiry was prompted by concerns about the management and effectiveness of the Energy Efficient Homes Package program, and in particular by the government's apparent failure to completely consider and/or address escalating warnings about risks to safety (including through fires and electrocutions) and to program compliance (including through fraud and rorting)." (Introduction)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Green jobs/green homes : New York : expanding home energy efficiency and creating good jobs in a clean energy economy /

by Gelman, Emmaia (ed.) | Center for American Progress.

Publisher: Washington, DC Center for American Progress 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2009 Bibliography : p. 84-87Summary: The program presented in this paper, Green Jobs/Green Homes NY, fills in what we have lacked: a large-scale plan to make retrofits affordable to New Yorkers who don't have access to sufficient capital. But the imperative for using residential retrofits to give all New Yorkers a chance to save on energy costs goes beyond funding. Energy efficiency represents a major capital undertaking, but must also engage communities to participate in planning and reaping the benefits of this publicly led investment in jobs, affordable housing, and environmental stewardship. Green Jobs/Green Homes NY is a comprehensive approach that connects those dots. It provides the framework for ensuring mass retrofits are implemented through a community lens, adding value to ongoing local work toward economic and environmental equity. Building on and linking unions' and community groups' existing job training and shaping the expanding retrofit industry with decent wages and benefits?can provide direct economic gain to wholecommunities (not just owners or occupants of retrofitted housing) by bringing many thousands of much-needed, good-paying jobs and career paths to local residents.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Green streets, strong communities : what communities can do for emissions reductions and what emissions reductions can do for communities /

by Platt, Reg | Cook, Will | Pendleton, Andrew.

Publisher: London, U.K. Institute for Public Policy Research 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2011 Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: This is an evaluation of the British Gas Green Streets community energy challenge in which 14 groups from dramatically different communities in England, Scotland and Wales were selected to spend a share of 2 million on a variety of microgeneration and energy efficiency measures in community buildings and surrounding households in pursuit of three objectives: to save energy, to generate energy, and to engage the wider community.Availability: (1)

High Road outcomes in Portland's energy efficiency upgrade pilot /

by Ho, Stacy | Green for All | Hays, Jeremy.

Publisher: Oakland, CA Green for All 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2011 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: In Portland, Oregon Green For All has been helping implement Recovery Act-funded programs that create high-quality jobs for people who really need them. With a clear-eyed commitment to high-road outcomes Portland has leveraged the collective expertise of its community to produce results.Availability: (1)

Improving the energy efficiency of homes in Moreland : Warm Home Cool Home and Concession Assist social research final report. /

by Johnson, Victoria | Moreland Solar City | Sullivan, Damian | Totty, Jo | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2013Description: viii, 58 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: In Australia, growing concern about climate change and rising energy prices has renewed interest in residential energy efficiency. Between 2007 and 2012, Australian retail electricity prices have risen by 72 per cent (ABS 2012). Low-income households, which spend a higher proportion of their income on energy than other households, are particularly vulnerable to these price rises. We are also beginning to experience the impacts of climate change - including an increase in the intensity of heatwaves, to which low-income households are highly vulnerable (see ACOSS 2013; Edwards & Wiseman 2009). Homes that are more energy efficient have the potential to reduce householders' vulnerability to rising energy prices, and may also reduce vulnerability to heatwaves. However, many low-income households face financial and other barriers to improving the energy efficiency of their homes. ; This report presents the results of social research which investigated the impact of energy efficiency activity for households that participated in the Warm Home Cool Home (WHCH) and Concession Assist (CA) programs. The research described was conducted by the BSL through Moreland Solar City, which is part of the Australian Government's national Solar Cities program. Led by Moreland Energy Foundation Limited (MEFL), Moreland Solar City is a partnership with Moreland City Council, the BSL and Sustainability Victoria. The WHCH and CA programs were delivered by the BSL and MEFL. Like most energy efficiency programs targeted to low-income households, the programs aimed to address cost, information and trust barriers faced by these households in improving the energy efficiency of their homes. [Extract from Summary]Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Improving the energy efficiency of homes in Moreland : Warm Home Cool Home and Concession Assist social research final report : research summary

by Johnson, Victoria | Moreland Solar City | Sullivan, Damian.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2013Description: PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The full report Improving the energy efficiency of homes in Moreland: Warm Home Cool Home and Concession Assist social research final report (PDF file, 623 KB), by Victoria Johnson, Damian Sullivan and Jo Totty may be downloaded from the Brotherhood of St Laurence website.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

In from the cold : working in partnership to tackle fuel poverty /

by Energy Saving Trust.

Publisher: London, U.K. Energy Saving Trust 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2012Summary: In the year 2000, the British government set a target to end fuel poverty by 2016. Since that time, rising fuel prices have largely undone the progress made through energy-efficiency improvements. There is a pressing need to tackle cold, unhealthy homes. In this report, the Energy Saving Trust announces a refocusing of effort on tackling fuel poverty. The Energy Saving Trust is committed to reducing the UK's carbon emissions. But it is clear that fuel poverty and the sustainable use of energy can only be addressed together. We help thousands of people struggling to pay their energy bills each year.Availability: (1)

Just Change evaluation report : energy efficiency for low-income renters in Victoria /

by Dillon, Roland | Learmonth, Bonnie | Lang, Michaela | McInnes, Dougal | Thompson, Kati | Bowen, Kathryn.

Publisher: Just Change 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: (1)

National Energy Savings Initiative : issues paper /

by Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy fficiency.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian Government 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2011 Appendices pp. 83-92Summary: In late 2009, the Australian Government committed to establish a Prime Minister's Task Group on Energy Efficiency (the Task Group). The Task Group reported to the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Minister for Resources and Energy on options to deliver a step change in energy efficiency by 2020 and place Australia at the forefront of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) energy efficiency improvement.Availability: (1)

National Energy Savings Initiative : submission to Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE). Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (DRET) /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2012 Bibliography : p. 10Summary: The Brotherhood is a leading national voice on the impacts of climate change and climate policy on Australians with low incomes. We have developed our knowledge and influence through long-term engagement with low-income households, community organisations and all levels of government in research, advocacy and program development. In this work we develop solutions and advocate policies that improve social equity by building the capacity of low-income Australians to respond to climate change and implement effective climate change adaptation. We are increasingly concerned about the impact of rising energy prices on low-income and vulnerable households. Energy efficiency provides an essential means to reduce these households? exposure to rising prices. However, many lack the up-front capital to invest in efficiency upgrades. The Commonwealth Government has an important role to play in assisting low-income households to improve their energy efficiency and in unlocking the economy-wide benefits from energy efficiency. ; NATIONAL ENERGY SAVINGS INITIATIVEAvailability: (1)
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National strategy on energy efficiency /

by Council of Australian Governments.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Commonwealth of Australia 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Updated July 2010Summary: The Strategy set out in this paper is designed to substantially improve minimum standards for energy efficiency and accelerate the introduction of new technologies through improving regulatory processes and addressing the barriers to the uptake of new energy-efficient products and technologies. The Strategy aims to encourage and support innovation in energy efficient technologies and approaches. It incorporates and builds on measures already agreed by COAG and the Ministerial Council on Energy through the National Framework on Energy Efficiency (NFEE).Availability: (1)

On-ground assessment of the energy efficiency potential of Victorian homes. Report on pilot study /

by Maksay, Govind | Moreland Energy Foundation.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Sustainability Victoria 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2010 Bibliography : p. 103 Prepared by Moreland Energy Foundation Limited for Sustainability VictoriaSummary: As a first step, in 2009 Sustainability Victoria commissioned the Moreland Energy Foundation Limited (MEFL) to undertake a pilot On-Ground Assessment Project based on 15 existing houses located in Melbourne. While such a small sample of houses cannot be representative of the whole of the Victorian housing stock, this initial study provides a useful insight into the current level of energy efficiency of the housing stock constructed prior to 1980, as well as the most cost-effective methods for achieving greenhouse abatement. While actual upgrades and improvements were not undertaken, modelling, using FirstRate5 was employed to determine the energy rating improvements and estimate the energy, greenhouse gas and financial savings that could be achieved by applying a range of building shell upgrades consisting of ceiling, floor and wall insulation, draught sealing, double glazing, drapes and pelmets, and external window blinds. An analysis of the existing fixed and non-fixed appliances was also undertaken to determine the potential impact of efficiency improvements.Availability: (1)

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