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Energy Hunter


The Energy Hunter program was an energy efficiency information program for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the Hunter region, funded through the Energy Efficiency Information Grants program by the Australian Government Department of Industry and Science.
It was a joint initiative between the Hunter Business Chamber, Hunter TAFE and The City of Newcastle. Energy Hunter was officially launched by the then Federal Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation, the Honourable Greg Combet, on April 4, 2013.
Using the combined skills, experiences and networks of an industry organisation, a local council and a training institution, Energy Hunter’s partnership approach to project delivery enabled important energy efficiency resource sand services from each partner to be delivered in a streamlined, integrated format.
The approach stemmed from a lack of engagement, interest and take-up by SMEs in previous programs and proved extremely successful for the Energy Hunter program.
Energy Hunter took a multifaceted approach to engaging with SMEs:
Living Laboratory
Thought The City of Newcastle’s Living Laboratory, businesses received free electricity monitoring from Ausgrid (a real time electricity monitor for small business or an online subscription to WebGraphs for larger businesses) as well as a site visit and a customised energy assessment, bill analysis and access to monthly workshops on various energy efficient focus areas and case studies of participating businesses.
Mass Learning
Through Mass Learning, Hunter TAFE produced a comprehensive “how to” resource that guided businesses through 10 distinct elements of energy efficiency. To complement these resources, an online Energy Smart course was also developed, free for business owners and licensed electricians, to use in their own time.
Business to Business Mentoring
Workshops and information sessions were facilitated by the Hunter Business Chamber through its Business to Business Mentoring program to enable participants to share experiences, knowledge and expertise.
At the completion of the Energy Hunter program, the Energy Knowledge Hub Steering Committee, headquartered at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources, commissioned the Chamber to conduct a review of NSW energy efficiency programs. The resulting NSW Energy Efficiency Programs Review Report provides an overview of programs and services in operation. It also summarises the take-up of government energy related programs and their effectiveness in NSW.

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