To be eligible to create Peak Reduction Certificates, you must become an Accredited Certificate Provider (ACP) under the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme (PDRS).

You will then be able to register certificates once the certificate registry goes live on 1 November 2022 on the basis of eligible work done since 1 April 2022.

There are 2 pathways to accreditation:

  1. streamlined application – for Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) accredited certificate providers that meet the eligibility criteria
  2. full application – for applicants not already accredited under the ESS.

Streamlined application pathway

Use our Expression of interest form to apply for PDRS accreditation using the streamlined pathway. We will start assessing applications after the PDRS Rule is gazetted.

To use this pathway you must meet all the following eligibility requirements:

  • you are an existing ACP in the ESS, and
  • you are accredited for the corresponding calculation method under the ESS, and
  • you are accredited for the corresponding activity definition under the ESS.

Find out which corresponding ESS calculation methods and activity definitions are likely to be included in the first PDRS Rule by going to our PDRS Activities page.

More information on the PDRS accreditation process is available on our Streamlined application pathway page.

If you are an existing ESS ACP, but don’t meet the eligibility requirements, please refer to our How to become eligible for the streamlined application pathway page.

Full application pathway

Applicants that are not ESS accredited can apply for PDRS accreditation later this year using one of two options:

  1. By using the full PDRS application pathway. This process is being developed now and will be available after the PDRS Rule commences in the second half of 2022. 
  2. By first applying for ESS accreditation for the corresponding methods and activity definitions, then accessing the streamlined PDRS application pathway once they are ESS accredited
This flow chart sets out the 2 options for applicants that are not ESS accredited to apply for PDRS accreditation as described in the paragraph above.

Once you are accredited under the ESS and the PDRS, you will be able to create both Energy Savings Certificates and Peak Reduction Certificates from the same implementation, so long as the implementation is eligible under both schemes.

More information on becoming accredited under the ESS is available on our Becoming an ACP page.