Managing the 30 June 2020 deadline to register 2019 ESCs (including information on COVID-19)

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By 30 June of every year, all energy savings certificates (ESCs) representing energy savings that occurred in the previous calendar year must be registered in the ESS Registry. This means that ESCs for energy saving activities in 2019 (2019 ESCs) must be registered by Tuesday 30 June 2020. This is a statutory deadline under section 131(3) of the Electricity Supply Act 1995 and the Scheme Administrator has no discretion to extend or waive this deadline.

This page sets out the actions that you should be doing now to manage your 2019 ESC registration before the 30 June 2020 deadline.  It also provides information on audits.  This follows our ESS Update email sent on 26 March 2020.

You should be taking action

You should now be:

  1. Conducting your audits of 2019 ESCs, or arranging for them to be started now or as soon as possible.  This may be a pre-registration audit or a volumetric audit – or both.
  2. If relevant, submitting any applications for amendment to your conditions of accreditation to increase your volumetric audit limit. For information and guidance about our typical approach for increasing volumetric audit limits, see Section 4.2.1 and Figure 4.1 of the ACP Compliance Guide.  

Special provisions to help manage COVID-19 

If you have 2019 ESCs which are subject to audits that are or could be affected by COVID-19 restrictions you may be able to apply for a special condition to your accreditation to register these ESCs.  Further information on applying for this special condition including eligibility criteria and the approval process is provided in our latest ESS Reminder 3 - Managing the 30 June 2020 deadline to register 2019 ESCs

You can apply for the special condition once you have submitted a Detailed Scope of Works (DSW) for an audit and completed a COVID-19 Affected ESC Declaration.  The DSW must be submitted to IPART no later than 31 May 2020 and the COVID-19 Affected ESC Declaration application must be submitted by 12 June 2020.

Other information

Our website provides information about:

The ESS Registry provides information about your ESC registrations and the number of certificates available for registration before you reach your limit. 

To find out how many ESCs you can register before you reach your limit:

  1. Select “Current Holdings”
  1. Select “My Holdings: Summary of ESS Certificates I have created”
  2. Select “Date range”
  3. Select “View Accreditation or Select View project and then View project again”

The remaining number of certificates that you can register before you reach your limit will be shown as “Certificates Allowable for Registration”. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Relevant Documentation

Template - COVID-19 Affected ESC Declaration form

ESS Reminder 1 - 19 February 2020 - Managing 30 June 2020 ESC registration deadline

ESS Reminder 2 - 26 March 2020 - Managing 30 June 2020 ESC registration deadline (COVID-19)

ESS Reminder 3 - 8 May 2020 - Managing the 30 June 2020 ESC registration deadline (COVID-19)