The Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) was established to promote the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable energy and enabling technologies and improve their competitiveness in Australia. ACRE commenced in 2009 and was incorporated into ARENA on 1 July 2012.
ACRE managed over $690 million of funding committed to support renewable energy and enabling technology development. The following ACRE programs became the responsibility of ARENA:
- Emerging Renewables Program
- Renewable Energy Venture Capital Fund
- Support for advanced biofuels
ACRE also managed a number of projects under legacy programs including the Renewable Energy Demonstration Program, the Geothermal Drilling Program and the Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund.
- Electricity end-uses