Canberra Shifts to All-Electric Future with New Integrated Energy Plan

ACT, Australia

Canberra is charging towards an all-electric, zero emissions future with the ACT Government’s release of a new Integrated Energy Plan (IEP). The plan outlines commitments to support Canberrans through the transition to cheaper, cleaner energy, building on the nation-leading success of moving to 100 percent renewable electricity in 2020.

Electrification is the most cost-effective pathway to net-zero emissions for the ACT, with households saving around $735 per year by switching gas cooking, heating, and hot water for efficient electric appliances. The Sustainable Household Scheme has already facilitated over $200 million in loans for 20,000 households, making the switch easier for Canberrans.

The ACT Government is also committed to electrifying all feasible community and public housing properties by the end of 2030, providing support for lowest income and vulnerable homeowners through a new Community Partnership Electrification Program. A Retrofit Readiness program will offer free advice and electrification planning for apartment residents, while strata reform work will reduce barriers for electrification upgrades in multi-unit buildings.

To support the energy transition, the IEP targets training subsidies for priority trades and increases subsidies for the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Technician. The ACT Government is also updating the ACT Infrastructure Plan, outlining future investments for climate action, energy, and environment infrastructure for Canberra’s future.

These plans progress a commitment to transition to net-zero emissions by 2045, as outlined in the Parliamentary Agreement of the 10th Legislative Assembly by the ACT Labor-Greens Government. Learn more about the ACT’s Pathway to Electrification and read the first Integrated Energy Plan on the Everyday Climate Choices website.