Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Funding awarded to energy consumer advocacy groups

    10/11/2020 8:05 AM
    • Almost $100,000 in grants awarded for energy consumer advocacy activities
    • The grants will support work to raise the voices of consumers in WA  

    Energy Minister Bill Johnston today announced the first successful recipients for the Western Australian Advocacy for Consumers of Energy (WA ACE) funding grants.


    The grants program supports projects that raise the voice of consumers in the energy sector.


    The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) has been awarded $50,000 for their project, which will look at assisting households and small businesses experiencing utility hardship, particularly following the impacts of COVID-19.


    WACOSS will provide an understanding of the causes and consequences of utility hardship experienced by Western Australian energy consumers, and will help find solutions for those facing mounting energy bills.


    The second recipient, the Energy Transformation Association for the Kimberley, has been awarded $45,000 to develop a co-design platform to raise awareness and understanding of the energy needs of the Kimberley's communities.  


    It is expected that their project will be used as a model for other communities in the State.


    The outputs from these and other projects will inform advocacy activities in the energy sector and help guide the development of future energy policies.


    Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:


    "Congratulations to the successful applicants who are raising the voices of household and small business consumers in the energy sector.


    "No household should be left behind, particularly our most vulnerable people that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


    "The McGowan Government is pleased to support consumers during this important process and we will continue to make the consumer voice a priority through future WA ACE Grants.


    "For those applicants that were unsuccessful, I encourage you to stay involved and continue to share your highly valued views."


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