NSW Energy Savings Scheme Review
The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) review of the NSW Energy Savings Scheme has been completed. The following summarizes the key items of interest which will be effective from January 2016:
- An increase in the ESS targets on electricity sales, meaning more savings may need to be purchased.
- The expansion of the ESS to include gas savings as an eligible activity means creation of ESC’s from gas upgrades will contribute to supply.
- The introduction of a regional network factor of 1.03 which is a multiple intended to support activity take up in regional areas.
- An increase in registration fees by 10c and likely new product registration fees which will see a slight increase in ESC creation cost.
In addition, the OEH is currently consulting with stakeholders on proposed amendments to the ESS Rule, which include the following:
See here for the full OEH Review and Consultation Paper
- Changes to some of the statistical restrictions on M+V calculations which should mean less barriers to ESC creation for PIAM+V projects.
- A “pause” on working on the sampling method of PIAM+V
- Within the Home Energy Efficiency retrofit method, a couple of major items including:
- Unbundling of the energy conservation methods
- No longer need to conduct full site assessment
- Introduction of new gas savings activities
- New activity – for LED lamps with Edison screw or bayonet
Proposed Changes to the VIC Victorian Energy Efficiency Target
The Department of Economic Development has proposed changes under the VEET (effective dates to be between January – March 2016 to be announced) as follows:
- Updated greenhouse gas abatement co-efficient
- Schedule 34 - Add variable hours for differing building types (in line with NSW ESS BCA default hours) which means higher levels of VEEC creation per commercial lighting claim
Other schedules - adjustment to the abatement for space heating, heat pumps, reverse cycle air conditioning and heating, incandescent lighting, GLS and low energy 12 volt lighting, G10 lighting, high efficiency electric motors and refrigeration fans.
Call Jo Hoatson on 02 9939 5559 or see here for more details of the proposed activity regulation changes