Date

Type

Title and description

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

Nov 2022

Consultation

Outcomes of the combined audit process for Scheme Participants consultation

Consultation on a proposed combined audit process for Scheme Participants under the ESS and PDRS is now complete. We have considered feedback and will align timing of Scheme Participant processes for the ESS and PDRS to allow Scheme Participants to conduct combined or separate audits to meet their business needs. See our Past consultations page for the consultation paper, submissions and the What we heard document, which sets out the revised timings.

We have also published a Scheme Participant compliance timeline webpage that sets out when compliance activities must be completed.

We will publish updated guidance material on Scheme Participant processes, including audits, early in 2023.

Nov
2022

Guidance

Updated forms now available

With the introduction of the PDRS, we have updated a number of forms so that you can use the one form for both the ESS and PDRS.  We have also made changes to nomination form requirements to improve the customer experience. Access the updated forms here:

Nov
2022

PDRS water heaters

We have accepted all commercial and industrial water heaters listed as Activity Definition F16 by the ESS for use under the PDRS for Activity Definition WH1. 

This means that going forward, any product accepted as F16 by the ESS is automatically accepted as WH1 for the PDRS. Further details are available in Notice 03/2022.

Accepted PDRS and ESS water heaters are listed on the ‘Accepted Products List’ under the associated calculation method.

Nov
2022

PDRS Update

PDRS commences

The PDRS commenced on 1 November 2022. Eleven Accredited Certificate Providers have already been accredited and can now register Peak Reduction Certificates in the Registry of Certificates. The 2022–23 PDRS compliance period has also commenced.

See our Reducing peak demand with PDRS page for more information.

Oct 2022

PDRS Update

PDRS 2022-23 scheme certificate target published

The 2022-23 scheme certificate target for the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme (PDRS) has been published on our website. See our Scheme certificate target page for more information.

Oct 2022

Event

2022 Safeguard Stakeholder Forum

Our 2022 Safeguard Stakeholder Forum was held online on 27 October. It featured a series of talks, Q&A and breakout sessions about how you can be successful in the Safeguard. Go to our 2022 Safeguard Stakeholder Forum page for more information.

Oct 2022

Guidance

Publication of PDRS Method Guide

We have published the Peak Demand Savings Capacity Method: Reducing Demand Using Efficiency Method Guide on our website. It provides guidance on meeting requirements to create a peak reduction certificate from eligible activities under the PDRS.

The outcomes of the Draft PDRS Method Guide consultation can be found on our Past consultations page.

Oct 2022

Legislation

The Electricity Supply (General) Regulation 2014 has been amended

Amendments to the Electricity Supply (General) Regulation 2014 to include new provisions for the Energy Savings Scheme and establish administrative arrangements for the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme commenced on 14 October 2022.

See our ESS Legislation and PDRS Legislation pages for details.

Sep 2022

Legislation

PDRS Rule commences

The Peak Demand Reduction Scheme Rule of 2022 (PDRS Rule) commenced on 29 September 2022. We have updated our website with information about the PDRS Rule and activities under the Reducing Demand Using Efficiency Method.

Amendments to the Electricity Supply (General) Regulation 2014 to establish administrative arrangements for the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme will commence soon.

Sep 2022

Guidance

Updated audit and product applications guidance

We have updated the following guidance and forms for audits and product applications on our website.  Please ensure you use our current guidance and forms.

Jul
2022

Consultation Paper 

Draft for consultation – Peak Demand Reduction Scheme Method Guide

We are inviting submissions on our draft Method Guide for the Reducing Demand Using Efficiency sub-method of the Peak Demand Saving Method under the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme.

Find out how you can have your say on our Current consultations page.

Submissions close on 5 August 2022.

Jun 2022

Newsletter

ESS Newsletter 63 - June 2022

Jun 2022

Notice - Information

Notice 02/2022 - Important Information on the Installation of Refrigerated Cabinets

This notice provides important information on the Installation of Refrigerated Cabinets under the Energy Savings Scheme.

Mar 2022

Newsletter

ESS Newsletter 62 - March 2022

Feb 2022

Slide deck

Scheme Participants - Peak Demand Reduction Scheme - Information Session Slide Deck February 2022 

An overview of the process and requirements for Scheme Participants for the 2022 Compliance year under the PDRS.

Feb 2022

Slide deck

Scheme Participant Information Session - 2021 Compliance year

An overview of how Scheme Participants meet their obligations for the 2021 Compliance year under the current ESS.

Feb 2022

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet - Strip Lights - February 2022

Strip lights can be used in lighting upgrades under the ESS. Our new fact sheet outlines the product acceptance, auditing and compliance requirements.

Jan 2022

Legislation

New ESS Rule commences in February 2022

The new ESS Rule was gazetted on 28 January 2022 and will be commencing on 28 February 2022. We have released Fact Sheets to help you understand the new ESS Rule. We have also updated our guidance material, tools and templates to reflect the ESS changes.

Dec 2022

Newsletter

ESS Newsletter 61 - December 2021

Dec 2021

Notice - Requirements

Notice 02/2021 - Requirements for PIAM&V - PIAM&V Method Requirements (No 2)

Following stakeholder consultation, we have published the PIAM&V Method Requirements (No 2) to enable Accredited Certificate Providers to account for other Implementations under the ESS Rule within the measurement boundary for a PIAM&V project.

For more information on the consultation and our response to the submissions, please see the PIAM&V Method Requirements (No 2) Submissions Report.

The PIAM&V Method Requirements (No 2) are additional to the existing PIAM&V Method Requirements and are time limited to Implementations on or before 31 December 2021.

Dec 2021

Legislation

Ministerial Order - Exempt Electricity Loads

The Energy Savings Scheme (Electricity Load Exemptions) Order 2021 which lists exempt electricity loads for the 2022 compliance year is available on our website.

Dec 2021

Guide

Updated Scheme Participant guidance

We have released updated guidance and reporting tools for the 2021 Compliance year including:

  • Compliance Guide – Scheme Participants

  • Annual Energy Savings Statement template

  • Nil return form

Dec 2021

ESS Update

IPART office closure 2021-22

Our office closes Friday 24 December 2021 and will re-open on Monday 10 January 2022.

Oct 2021

Safeguard Update

Safeguard Stakeholder Engagement Strategy

The Safeguard Stakeholder Engagement Strategy, developed following stakeholder consultation, sets out how we will engage with Energy Security Safeguard stakeholders.

Oct 2021

Consultation Paper

Draft for consultation - PIAM&V Method Requirements (No 2) for Deemed Method Implementations

Stakeholders are invited to provide a submission on the proposed PIAM&V Method Requirements (No 2) for Deemed Method Implementations.

For more details on what this means for you, please see the Consultation Paper.

Submissions close on 8 November 2021.