Not every activity that reduces electricity consumption is eligible for the Energy Savings Scheme. Find out which activities are specifically excluded.
If your activity does not involve modifying, replacing, installing or removing end-user equipment, it is not eligible for accreditation under the Energy Savings Scheme.
If your energy savings project involves an excluded activity, you must change the boundaries of the project to exclude ineligible activities, prior to submitting your application.
What activities are excluded?
The following activities are specifically excluded from the Scheme:
- activities undertaken to comply with any Statutory Requirement. This ensures activities in the Energy Savings Scheme provide an additional benefit to that already required
- activities that reduce the scope or quantity of production or service from the use of electricity, such as closing part of a factory
- the purchase of Green Power, as the benefit is already accounted for by the energy retailer
- activities that are eligible to create energy savings certificates or Renewable Energy Certificates at the point of generation.
When applying to the Energy Savings Scheme, an applicant must provide assurance that:
- the activity must not be undertaken in order to comply with a statutory requirement
- energy savings must not be derived from the purchase of Green Power or similar products
- energy saving certificates must not have been previously created from the same energy savings
- benefits have not been obtained under a corresponding scheme (which would result in a benefit being obtained under both that scheme and the Energy Savings Scheme for the same energy savings)
- the activities do not have a negative effect on production or service levels
- the implementation date of the activities occured on, or after, 1 July 2008.
Deriving benefits from other schemes and the Energy Savings Scheme
The requirement that benefits have not been obtained under a corresponding scheme helps identify if an energy savings project is being funded from government sources or is receiving benefits under any other greenhouse or energy savings schemes.
There are some cases where the funding you receive has no bearing on your Energy Savings Scheme application. Participation in some external schemes could have an impact on your eligibility to create energy savings certificates, or on the quantum of energy savings certificates you may create, under the Energy Savings Scheme.
As we must consider regulatory additionality, participation in any government greenhouse or energy savings schemes must be declared.
Showerhead replacement activities
As at 22 December 2011, showerhead replacement activities are not eligible under the Energy Savings Scheme.