Date

Type

Title and description

June 2024 Consultation

Draft PDRS Method Guide consultation

We’ve seeking feedback on our draft Method Guide for the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme (PDRS), which has been updated to reflect changes to the PDRS Rule commencing 1 August 2024. 

The draft Method Guide includes requirements for new battery activities that will start on 1 November 2024. 

Please send us your written submissions by 1 July 2024.

See our Current consultations page for more details. 

June 2024 Consultation

Outcomes of consultation - changes to implementation data

We have finalised the outcomes of our consultation on changes to implementation data.  We will be introducing the changes in TESSA on 1 August 2024

Please see past consultations for more details, including the consultation paper, and what we heard document.

We will publish the csv specification file closer to the launch date. 

May 2024 Consultation

Outcomes of consultation on operational changes to scheme participant compliance processes

We have finalised the outcomes of our consultation on operational changes to scheme participant compliance processes. Changes will apply from the 2023 ESS and 2023-24 PDRS reporting periods.

Please see our past consultations page for more details including the consultation paper, submissions and What we heard document.

We will publish a package of updated guidance documents to reflect the changes in early June.

May 2024 Legislation

New ESS Rule and new PDRS Rule published - what you need to know

A new ESS Rule and a new PDRS Rule have been published

ESS Rule

The new ESS Rule will apply to all implementations that occur on or after 19 June 2024. It affects all activities including pool pump, water heater, and refrigerated cabinet activities.

It also suspends the installation of new refrigerated cabinets. For further information please see our 2024 ESS Rule Change Quick Reference Guide on the ESS Rule changes. We have also updated:

PDRS Rule

The new PDRS Rule will apply to all implementations that occur on or after 1 August 2024. It makes major changes to pool pump, refrigerated cabinet and heat pump water heater activities. It also introduces two new battery-related activities which start on 1 November 2024. 

What you need to do

For ESS changes, review the updated 2024 ESS Rule Change Quick Reference Guide and guidance to make sure you understand the changes. Start preparing to update your processes and systems now so you are ready to comply with changes to the ESS Rule from 19 June 2024.

For changes to existing PDRS activities, review the 2024 PDRS Rule Change Quick Reference Guide to make sure you understand the changes. Start preparing to update your processes and systems now so that you are ready to comply with the changes.

For new battery activities, you can find out more on the Energy NSW website. We will be consulting on our Method Guide and updating our documents and templates soon. We will open applications for accreditation for the new battery activities in the months leading up to 1 November.

Sign up to our PDRS mailing list to stay informed and up-to-date.

May 2024

Update

New approach to setting ACP audit conditions and increasing certificate creation limits starts today

We have updated our approach to setting audit and certificate creation limit conditions and changed the way ACPs apply to amend these conditions. 

We will begin using the new approach for applications to change conditions received from today. Contact us if you would like to discuss an application in process.

To assist ACPs we have:

These changes were informed by consultation we undertook in March. Thank you to everyone who participated in this consultation process. You can find the outcomes of our consultation here - Past consultations.

May 2024

Applications

We’ve updated our application forms and guidance

We’ve updated these application forms and guidance to make it easier to apply:

Be sure to use the latest version of our forms and guidance.

Apr 2024

Notice - Requirement

This notice sets out guidance for ACPs on refrigerated cabinet activity compliance under the Energy Savings Scheme Installing High Efficiency Appliances for Business (IHEAB) method and the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme (PDRS)’s Reducing Demand Using Efficiency (RDUE) method.  ACPs installing or replacing refrigerated cabinets should review their activities and business procedures to ensure their operations are compliant with legislation and consistent with objectives of the ESS and PDRS.

View the Notice 01/2024 for more details.

Apr 2024

Consultation

Changes to implementation data

We will be collecting product details at the time of certificate registration for selected activities under the ESS and PDRS.  We are seeking feedback on the timing of this change. See Current consultations for details. 

Please send your feedback to ess@ipart.nsw.gov.au by 10 May 2024.
 

Mar 2024

Consultation

Operational changes to scheme participant compliance processes

We seek your feedback on operational changes to scheme participant compliance processes. See our Current consultations page for details.

Please send your feedback to essregulator@ipart.nsw.gov.au by 19 April 2024.

Mar 2024

Annual Report

Safeguard schemes update 2022-23 published

We have published scheme performance updates for the ESS (calendar year 2022) and PDRS (2022–23) including information about:

  • certificate creation

  • participating entities

  • benefits for the environment and consumers

  • compliance performance information for Accredited Certificate Providers.

We have also published the data in Excel© format for the first time, allowing users to interrogate the data.

Find out more on our Reporting on scheme administration and performance page.

Mar
2024

Legislation

What you need to know about changes to the ESS Rule

Our ESS Rule page summarises changes to the ESS Rule that will apply to ESS implementations on or after 19 June 2024.

To help you get ready for the changes we have published a Quick Reference Guide and updated our:

We have also published a new IHEAB audit scope.

What you need to do

Review the Quick Reference Guide and our updated guidance to make sure you understand the changes. Start preparing to update your processes and systems now so you are ready to comply with changes to the ESS Rule from 19 June 2024.

Mar 2024

Consultation

Approach to audit conditions and increasing certificate creation limits

We want your feedback on proposed changes to the way in which we ask ACPs to apply to change audit and certificate creation limits, and an update to our typical approach to setting certificate creation limits. See our Current consultations page for details.

Send your feedback on our proposed approach by 28 March 2024 to ess@ipart.nsw.gov.au
 

Feb 2024

Feedback

Seeking Stakeholder feedback on the ESS website

See Stakeholder feedback on ESS Website for more information

Feb 2024

ESS update

New heat pump fact sheet requirements

From 1 April 2024, ACPs will be required to give residential and business customers a copy of the relevant HEER heat pump water heater fact sheet or IHEAB heat pump water heater fact sheet before the customer agrees to have a heat pump water heater installed.

We have also updated the HEER Fact Sheet, which must be given to customers for all other HEER implementations.

See our HEER page and IHEAB page for details.  

We will update the HEER and IHEAB method guides and audit scopes to reflect the new requirements shortly.

We consulted on this proposal in late 2023 - see our Past consultations page.

What you need to do

Start updating your systems and processes to ensure you are ready to provide the correct fact sheets to customers. This requirement comes into effect on 1 April 2024.

We encourage you to start providing the fact sheets to customers before 1 April to help them make informed decisions.

Nov 2023

Consultation

Outcomes of consultation on heat pump water heater fact sheet requirements

Consultation on proposed new heat pump water heater fact sheet requirements under the Energy Savings Scheme has ended.

To help customers make informed decisions ACPs (or their installers) will be required to give residential and business customers a copy of the relevant HEER or IHEAB heat pump water heater fact sheet before the customer agrees have a heat pump water heater installed.

We will ensure that ACPs have sufficient time to get ready to implement the change. We expect to commence the requirement in the first quarter of 2024.

We will tell you when we have published the fact sheets and guidance and confirm the commencement date of the requirements.

See our Past consultations page for more details including the consultation paper, submissions and What we heard document.

Nov 2023

PDRS update

Subscribe to find out about PDRS accreditation or for IPART PDRS updates

The Office of Energy and Climate Change is updating the PDRS Rule to add new methods and activities.  

Subscribe here to find out about becoming accredited for new PDRS methods or receive IPART PDRS updates.

Aug 2023

Guidance

Installer Declaration Template Updated

We have updated our Installer Declaration Template to correct an administrative error in the declaration section for Activity Definition F4. The updated declaration refers to the correct PDRS Activity Definition: HVAC2.

ACPs using our template for HVAC2 activities should ensure they use the latest version of the template.

July 2023

Guidance

Multiple water heater installations and calculations

This guidance sets out when multiple heat pump hot water systems may be installed in the Energy Savings Scheme’s Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits (HEER) method and Installing High Efficiency Appliances for Business (IHEAB) method and the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme’s Reducing Demand Using Efficiency (RDUE) method. It includes example calculations for HEER, IHEAB and RDUE water heater activities, including the correct data to use to determine the capacity factor for Activity Definition F16 (IHEAB).

The guidance also sets out how multiple heat pump water heaters may meet the equipment requirements for the relevant activity definitions in the IHEAB and RDUE methods.

See Notice 03/2023 for details.

May 2023

ESS Guidance

Commercial lighting guidance updated

We’ve updated the following documents for the Commercial lighting method to clarify that the Regional Network Factor should no longer be included when calculating the minimum co-payment:

These changes result from the ESS Rule change that commenced on 14 April 2023. Under the Rule change, the Regional Network factor was moved from Electricity Savings equations under the Commercial Lighting method to Equation 1.

April 2023

Guidance

PDRS Guidance and Audit scope updated

We have updated our website and the following PDRS documents to clarify that as a result of the 17 February 2023 PDRS Rule change, PRCs can be generated from heat pump hot water heater implementations undertaken since 1 April 2022 under the corresponding ESS Activity Definition D17 provided these implementations are not undertaken in a BCA Class 1 or 4 building:

See the Reducing Demand Using Efficiency Method page for more information.

 

April 2023

Legislation

New ESS Rule commences 14 April

The new ESS Rule has commenced. We’ve updated our guidance material, forms and templates to reflect changes to the Rule including:

  • minor changes to:

    • all method guides

    • application for accreditation – part B forms

    • audit scopes

    • the General Requirements Guide

  • significant changes to the PIAM&V Method Guide

  • updates to the PIAM&V Method Requirements

  • changes to the ESS examples template and CSV specification guide.

We’ve also prepared a Quick Reference Guide to provide information on the changes.

Please be sure you use the latest information to comply with ESS Rule requirements.

See our ESS Rule page for more information.

Feb 2023

Legislation

New ESS Rule commences 14 April 2023

The new ESS Rule has been gazetted and will commence on 14 April 2023. We have released a Quick Reference Guide and updated templates for the implementation data upload to help you understand and prepare for the new ESS Rule. The new template should not be used before 14 April 2023. Other updated guidance material, tools and templates to reflect the ESS changes will be available on our website from 14 April.

See our ESS Rule and TESSA Latest Info pages for more information.

Feb 2023

Legislation

The PDRS Rule has been amended

The PDRS Rule was updated on 17 February 2023. Changes include:

  • the motor activity SYS1 now includes replacement as well as new motors

  • eligible air conditioner (HVAC2), water heater (WH1), refrigerated cabinet (RF2) and efficient motor (SYS1) activities undertaken at small business sites after 1 April 2022 can be used to create Peak Reduction Certificates

  • equipment requirements for air conditioners in commercial settings have been clarified.

See the PDRS Rule page for more information.

Feb 2023

ESS Update

The ESS gas certificate conversion factor has changed

The gas certificate conversion factor used to calculate energy savings certificates (ESCs) under the Energy Savings Scheme was changed from 0.39 to 0.47 by amendments to the Electricity Supply (General) Regulation 2014.

Consequently, we have made minor amendments to information about conversion factors in the Method Guides for the Project Impact Assessment with Measurement and Verification, Metered Baseline and Aggregated Metered Baseline Methods.

Nov 2022

Annual Report

Our 2021 ESS Annual Report was recently tabled in NSW Parliament. This includes information on:

  • energy savings achieved and certificate demand

  • compliance performance of Scheme Participants and Accredited Certificate Providers

  • key administration activities and developments.

    Annual Report to the Minister 2021