Clean Energy Future Fund

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The Government of Western Australia has established and allocated a Clean Energy Future Fund (the Fund – also known by the abbreviation CEFF) of $9.28 million. Royalties from future unconventional onshore oil and gas projects in Western Australia may be directed to the Fund for future funding rounds. The Fund’s planned expenditure profile on project milestones is:

 2020/21  $2 million
 2021/22  $3 million
 2022/23  $3 million
 2023/24  Balance of funds

Fund objectives and priorities

The objective of the Fund is to provide a source of funding to support the implementation of innovative clean energy projects in Western Australia that offer high public value through contributing to one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Significant, cost-effective reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below projected (or baseline) emissions as a direct result of the clean energy project.
  • Design, deployment, testing or demonstration of innovative clean energy projects likely to deliver community benefits or lead to broad adoption and significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. 

The Minister for Environment and Minister for Energy will determine priorities for the funding from time to time, within the overall objectives of the Fund. The current Ministerial priorities are:

Innovative clean energy projects at significant facilities in regional and remote Western Australia.

  • Regional and remote Western Australia means facilities that are at the fringe of, or are not connected to, the South West Interconnected System or the North West Interconnected System.
  • Significant facilities are those that meet, or are expected to meet, facility-level reporting thresholds under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007.

The Fund is primarily focusing on projects near the investment-ready stage so that our funding can secure tangible emissions reduction, but we will consider earlier-stage applications.

Projects likely to succeed because of funding are more attractive than projects that are likely to proceed even without funding, or projects with significant risk of failing even with funding.

How to apply

Potential applicants should review the applicant guidelines then submit a completed application form to ceff_applications@dwer.wa.gov.au. Please direct any questions to ceff@dwer.wa.gov.au.

Relevant questions, along with answers, will be listed in the questions and answers section for all potential applicants to see. Please subscribe below to be notified when new answers are posted.

The general conditions and a draft funding agreement will be posted here shortly.

Please allow enough time to submit your application as large attachments may take longer to be received via email. Submissions are deemed to be received at the time they are received by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

Applications received after applications close at 7am AWST on Monday 13 July 2020 will not be accepted.

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