The Australian Government recently announced that the first Emissions Reduction Fund auction will occur in April 2015. The Emissions Reduction Fund provides proponents of carbon abatement projects with opportunities to enter into contracts with the Government, via the Clean Energy Regulator, under which the proponent receives payment for undertaking carbon abatement. In the reverse auction process project proponents will submit sealed bids for the Clean Energy Regulator to purchase (in the form of Australian carbon credit units) emissions reductions generated by their projects.
Successful auction bids will be those with the lowest price, and successful proponents will then enter into Australian Carbon Contracts with the Clean Energy Regulator. The first auction will be open from 9.00am (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on 15 April 2015 and close at 5.00pm on 16 April 2015 (Australian Eastern Standard Time). The auction will occur through the online bidding platform Austender.