The Minister for Energy has announced the recipients of the first funding round of the Western Australian Advocacy for Consumers of Energy (WA ACE) Grants program.
The WA ACE Grants program funds research and advocacy projects that raise the voice of consumers in the WA energy sector. Fourteen applications were received from across the state, with a wide range of consumer perspectives being addressed.
The successful applicants, Western Australian Council for Social Services (WACOSS) and the Energy Transformation Association for the Kimberley (ETAK), will share in around $100,000 of funding that will back their work to promote consumers interests and present solution focused ideas to the energy sector.
WACOSS will be utilising the grant allocation to develop pragmatic solutions to assist households experiencing energy hardship and to undertake research into the emerging at-risk groups that may form as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.
ETAK will develop a co-design platform to assist in understanding the needs of communities in the Kimberley, which can then be used in other areas of the State.
The outputs from these and other WA ACE Grants projects will be publicly available and inform advocacy activities in the energy sector as part of a broader program working to amplify the input of consumers into energy policy as the State transitions to a cleaner, reliable and more affordable energy future.
For more information on the WA ACE Grants or to keep across how the projects are developing visit our page: Consumer Advocacy Feedback and Grants