After the Auction: The Emissions Reduction Fund and Councils

In an article in the Fifth Estate in February this year (The ERF For Dummies) we took readers through the Federal Government’s flagship emissions reduction program, the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). At the time of writing it appeared there were very few – if any – opportunities for councils to partake in the fund.

The subsequent first “reverse auction” that was completed in April proved this to be true. While the expected announcement of additional ERF “methodologies” may allow for local government involvement in the future, the discerning onlooker would still be well advised to tread cautiously. Certainly do not be relying on the ERF to make or break an energy efficiency project.

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