There are 3 ways businesses can get involved in the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme (PDRS):
- get discounts on the cost of implementing eligible activities
- become an Accredited Certificate Provider (ACP)
- become an Auditor under the scheme.
Discounts on eligible activities
To get a discount on an eligible activity you need to engage an ACP that can create certificates under the PDRS. More information on the types of eligible activities and how to find an ACP is available on our Businesses page. By doing the activity you will be generating the capacity to reduce demand for electricity during peak times.
Once you find an ACP to work with and decide to proceed with the activity you will need to assign the right to the capacity to the ACP in return for the discount. This process is called nomination. More information on the nomination process is available on our Nomination page.
Becoming an ACP
If you want to create certificates without working with an ACP, you need to become an ACP under the PDRS. Accreditation as an ACP comes with obligations such as audit and record keeping requirements that can make direct participation in the scheme more time consuming and costly for smaller projects.
More information about how to become an ACP is available on the How to apply for PDRS accreditation page.
Auditors help ensure ACPs and Scheme Participants comply with PDRS requirements and obligations and must meet certain requirements themselves. They are typically engaged directly by ACPs and Scheme Participants, however IPART can also engage auditors to audit ACPs and Scheme Participants.
To conduct an audit under the PDRS, you must be a member of the Audit Services Panel. Auditors that are currently members of the Audit Services Panel for the Energy Savings Scheme will be able to complete audits under the PDRS. More information on how to become an Audit Services Panel member, including auditor requirements, is provided on our Join the audit panel page.