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The $31 million Business Recovery Energy Efficiency Fund (BREEF) concluded in July 2023, delivering 108 energy management projects in energy efficiency upgrades – reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25,000 tonnes a year, providing $13 million in financial benefits to business and providing 90 jobs during delivery and another 40 ongoing roles.

This support has provided Victorian businesses the opportunity to maintain their momentum in improving their energy productivity during the COVID-19 pandemic and cutting costs in times of rising energy prices and increased pressure on the grid.

The following reports highlight the works that have taken place:


The objectives of the program were to:

  • increase energy productivity and reduce energy costs for Victoria’s businesses
  • accelerate the uptake of innovative energy efficiency and demand management technologies in the Victorian industrial and commercial sectors and participation in demand-side opportunities
  • create jobs through the implementation of equipment, systems and process upgrades that manage energy costs, supporting new sustainable employment.

Capital Works Grant program

The $24 million BREEF Capital Works Grant program is now closed. The program supported the installation of energy efficiency equipment and technologies by businesses to increase their energy savings and reduce their energy bills.

The Capital Works Grant program provided funding for projects that involved the:

  • purchase and installation of energy efficiency equipment
  • replacement of emissions-intensive equipment with low-emissions alternatives
  • purchase of communications and monitoring technology.

Energy Demand Management Grant program

The $7 million BREEF Energy Demand Management Grant program is now closed. The program supported the installation of energy management systems, energy assessments and implementation of demand management solutions for businesses to increase their energy savings and reduce their energy bills.

The Energy Demand Management Grant program provided funding for projects that involve:

  • capital investment in technology needed to enable demand response, including communications and control technology
  • professional advice to support the uptake of demand-side opportunities
  • feasibility studies
  • energy audits
  • cost-benefit analysis
  • implementing steps under/or formal accreditation to the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems framework.


Applications for the BREEF program closed on 31 January 2021.

Program outcomes

108 BREEF projects had been completed as of May 2023. To see their energy projects delivered, proponents successfully overcame COVID-19-related issues, including equipment shortages, shipping delays, and staff and contractor sickness.

The BREEF team has worked with proponents to evaluate and document Project outcomes, which includes:

  • 21 GWh/year in immediate electricity savings, with an additional 14 GWh/year possible with further investment.
  • 70 TJ/year in gas immediate gas savings, with an additional 300 TJ/year possible with further investment.
  • immediate greenhouse gas emission reductions equivalent to over 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide/year, with an additional 30,000 tonnes/year possible with further investment.
  • $13 million/year in financial benefits, with an additional $2.5 million/year possible with further investment.
  • Over 90 full time equivalent jobs created during the implementation phase of projects, with the creation of over 40 ongoing full time equivalent roles through business growth and expansion.

Funded projects

The 108 successful projects funded by the BREEF program are in the industry sections below:

Applicant nameProject name
Pro-investEnergy Efficiency Investigation- Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank
The Australian Hotels (Melbourne) TrustDemand management and energy optimal control

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Cutri Fruit Pty LtdIrrigation efficiencies improvement project
DT & C Marcino Magic Pty LtdMarciano takes flight - demand management solution
Fonterra Australia Pty LtdStructured energy management program
Jelbart Dairy Pty LtdJelbart dairy chiller efficiency project
L Weston and J BoyleEnergy upgrade dairy farm
L&H&J McRaeStand-alone off-grid irrigation system
Mt Lyall Dairies Pty LtdLancey dairy 1 energy efficiency upgrade
Nikep DairyNikep dairy energy management system
Tahbilk WineryAeration modernisation
TMB Farms Pty LtdEfficient glycol cooling
Ky D Pak Pty LtdEnergy efficient cool room installation

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Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne) Pty LtdCarpark lighting replacement - upgrade to energy efficient fittings / globes

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Fort Street Real Estate Capital Pty LtdHeating ventilation and air conditioning upgrades at Lynbrook Village and Keilor Central shopping centres.
MTAA Superannuation FundEnergy audit - 40 Market Street
MTAA Superannuation FundEnergy audit - Ferntree business park

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Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) LimitedCity club boilers upgrade with energy efficient condensing boilers
Toyota Motor Corporation Australia LimitedBuilding Management System (BMS) and Energy Metering System (PME)
Toyota Motor Corporation Australia LimitedToyota Altona SCADA upgrade
Toyota Motor Corporation Australia LimitedBuilding Management System (BMS)

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QANTASMelbourne maintenance base, demand management energy audit

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Asahi Lifestyle BeveragesAsahi (Tullamarine) energy efficiency project
CUB Pty LtdAsahi Abbotsford energy efficiency project
Matilda Bay Brewing CompanyMatilda Bay Brewery energy audit

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BricktopASIC Traralgon – Internal lighting upgrade, slab insulation, air handling unit fans upgrade

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Fulton Hogan Industries Pty LtdFulton Hogan Asphalt plant energy efficiency improvement works 2021

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La Trobe UniversityBiological sciences 2 building mechanical upgrade
Monash UniversityBoiler electrification project - Domestic hot water
Monash UniversityDemand response - Intelligent buildings
Mount Waverley Secondary CollegeCool roof installation to 2 college buildings
Rowville Secondary CollegeRowville Campus's Energy efficiency LED Upgrade project
Victoria UniversityUpgrade to generator infrastructure and participation in Victoria's demand response program

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Viva Energy Australia Pty LtdNewport capital works - Upgrade to lighting and heating ventilation air conditioning system and installation of energy metering
Viva Energy Refining Pty LtdViva Geelong energy management and energy management systems
Air Liquide Australia Ltd.Air compressor replacement

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Allied Pinnacle Pty LtdKensington Mill energy conservation project
Allied Pinnacle Pty LtdTullamarine refrigeration upgrade
Burra Foods Pty. Ltd.Steam boilers efficiency upgrade
Not a Trace Pty LtdUpgrade to cooling and ventilation system
Not a Trace Pty LtdEnergy audit and demand response feasibility study
Regal Cream Products Pty LtdImplementation of a pilot sub-metering system for the Connor Street site
Shepparton Partners Collective Operations Pty LtdEnergy management system
Allied Pinnacle Pty LtdAltona refrigeration upgrade
Bega Cheese LtdEnergy productivity and emissions reduction roadmap
Provico Australia LtdDemand response monitoring hardware and battery

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Monash HealthDandenong energy optimisation roof modification
Northeast Health WangarattaNortheast Health Wangaratta demand response project
Northern Health ServicesHeating ventilation air condition energy efficiency, demand response and load flexibility project
St John of God Health CareSt John of God Warrnambool chiller replacement
St John of God Health CareSt John of God Ballarat boiler replacement and steam system modifications
Western District Health ServiceWDHS virtual power plant
St Vincent's Public Hospital Melbourne LtdChiller and air handling unit optimisation

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Valley PackUnloading area upgrade

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Nillumbik Shire CouncilCommunity bank stadium - Smart-battery optimisation

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Applied Electric Vehicles Pty LtdEnergy efficient electric vehicle component testing facility
Boeing Aerostructures Australia Pty LtdLED lighting replacement project
Breathe Fresh Australia Pty Ltd600 kVAr power factor correction unit
Furphy's Foundry Sales Pty LtdElectric furnace project
Manpak Pty LtdInstallation of variable speed drives on mixers motors
Manpak Pty LtdDemand management and demand response feasibility study
MtM Pty LtdMtM demand response
Orsida Fresh Pty LtdPurchase and installation of energy-efficient cool room equipment
PPG Industries Australia Pty LimitedPPG type 2 energy audit
Sorbent Paper Company Pty LtdSorbent electricity monitoring project
Sorbent Paper Company Pty LtdSorbent paper company electricity reductions project
The Labelmakers GroupChilled water system upgrade
Turosi Pty LtdTurosi power factor correction program

Applicant nameProject name
Bridgewater CompostInstall new motorised switchgear with auto functionality

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Inghams Enterprises Pty LtdAdvanced waste water treatment plant - Heat pump
Midfield Meat International Pty LtdEnergy monitoring
H. W. Greenham & Sons Pty LtdEnergy management system for Moe
Midfield Meat International Pty LtdVariable speed drives for 3 large refrigeration compressors and evaporator Fans
Midfield Meat International Pty LtdEnergy management system

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Australian Red Cross SocietyAirconditioning replacement Red Cross national office
Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of ManagementBellarine Bayside energy efficiency project

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Amcor Flexibles (Australia) Pty LtdMultiple energy efficiency projects
Quality Packaging Services Pty LtdReverse osmosis water controller
Quality Packaging Services Pty LtdAir compressor upgrade

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1 Chapel St Pty LtdType 2 Energy Audit - 1 Chapel St
The Trustee for 176 Wellington Parade Unit TrustType 2 Energy Audit - 176 Wellington Pde
The Trustee for 574 St Kilda Road Unit TrustType 2 Energy Audit - 574 St Kilda Rd
The Trustee for the 11 Queens Rd Unit TrustType 2 Energy Audit - 11 Queens Rd
Twinkle InvestmentsType 2 Energy Audit - 446 Collins St
Vicinity Centres PM Pty LtdNorthland Shopping Centre - Chiller plant demand response
William La Trobe Pty LtdType 2 Energy Audit - 277 William St
1 Chapel St Pty LtdPump variable speed drive installation and building automation system upgrade
607 Bourke Street JVEnergy efficiency upgrades

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GPT Funds Management Pty Ltd530 Collins Street energy efficiency project
GPT Funds Management Pty LtdRetail energy efficiency project
GPT Funds Management Pty LtdChirnside Shopping Centre battery installation and demand management project
GPT Funds Management Pty LtdHeating ventilation air conditioning system energy efficiency, demand response and load flexibility project
GPT Funds Management Pty LtdHighpoint Shopping Centre precision air conditioning unit replacement project

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Sims Group AustraliaBrooklyn site 22kV metering panel

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Aldi StoresSmart and energy-efficient heating ventilation air conditioning upgrades at ALDI
Coles ExpressColes Express LED canopy lighting
Coles SupermarketsVic supermarket demand response
Woolworths Group LimitedWoolworths Energy Demand Management Project (WEDMP)
Aldi StoresProject SHRED (Software and Hardware to Reduce Electricity and Demand)
Gisborne Supermarket Pty LtdReplacement of 8 dairy cases
Gisborne Supermarket Pty LtdEnergy audit and demand response feasibility study
LiquorlandColes Liquor - Door heater controllers

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Maffra Golf Club IncReplacement of old, inefficient, cool room refrigerator

Page last updated: 28/07/23