Economic Policy Investigation
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Townsville City Council Citysolar – Investigation into Economic Policy and Instruments


Townsville City Council, through a partnership with The Natural Edge Project, has undertaken detailed research into economic policy and instruments both in Australia and internationally.

The research focuses on current relevant information and practices of the use of economic policy and instruments to assist in the reduction of residential energy demand.

The research builds upon previous research undertaken by TNEP for TCC, along with nominated references and reports; along with a range of international resources and reports. Specifically the report covers an overview, examples of implementation, key messages for implementation, and areas to further investigate for combined fee and rebate schemes, fee reduction/waivers, taxation credits and deductions, regulatory measures, time of use energy pricing, and the periphery economic policy areas elated to carbon emissions trading and emission, carbon or public good tax / levies.

As with the incentives research, examples have been gathered from Queensland, Australia and overseas.

Download Literature Review on Residential Energy Economic and Policy Instruments
Download Summary of National and International Examples of Intruments for the Selected Behanvours

Major policy changes within Townsville City Council throughout the period relating to the Citysolar project include involvement with Ergon Energy’s Townsville Network Demand Management Project, and subsequent development of an Energy Performance Contract for the Council’s two primary administration buildings.

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