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Energy Savings Scheme Rule

The Energy Savings Scheme Rule applies to Accredited Certificate Providers and their energy savings projects.  It provides detail about:

  • Eligibility requirements, and
  • Calculation methods for determining the number of energy savings certificates that can be created.

Accredited Certificate Providers must understand the Energy Savings Scheme Rule.

ESS documentation changes

The new ESS Rule commenced on 30 March 2020. The changes to the ESS Rule may require you to update your processes, documents and systems.  You should ensure you understand how the rule changes affect your business.

Our updated documents have become effective on 30 March 2020. They are labelled “Current” on our website.

For more information on how the Rule changes impact you, please see the fact sheets published below. Where it applies to a particular method, we have also outlined important transitional arrangements and new or amended evidence requirements.

The Energy Savings Scheme Rule of 2009 – 30 March 2020 (new ESS Rule) is available here.

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is responsible for developing the policy behind the ESS.  More information on the 30 March 2020 ESS Rule (including a tracked changes version) is available on the Energy NSW website.

Fact Sheets and updated documentation

Application Guide - ACPs - V3.2

Commercial Lighting Energy Savings Formula (Commercial Lighting)

Commercial Lighting - Fact Sheet - ESS Rule Amendments 2020
Commercial Lighting - Application Form Part B - ACPs - V4.2
Commercial Lighting - Application Form - ELT product sponsorship - V1.2
Commercial Lighting - Calculation Tool - V7.3
Commercial Lighting - Evidence Manual - V2.4
Commercial Lighting - Evidence Pack - V2.4
Commercial Lighting - Fact Sheet - V2.2 
Commercial Lighting - Lighting Requirements Guide - V2.2
Commercial Lighting - Method Guide - V3.5
Commercial Lighting - Audit scope - ACPs - Method specific scope items - V1.2

Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits (HEER)

HEER - Fact Sheet - ESS Rule Amendments 2020
HEER - Application Form Part B - ACPs - V4.4
HEER - Fact Sheet - V1.3
HEER - Lighting Requirements Guide - V1.3
HEER - Method Guide - V4.1
HEER - Tool - Lighting Requirements - V2.1
HEER - Audit scope – ACPs - Method specific scope items - V1.2
List of Lighting Products Accepted for HEER Method (coming soon)

Project Impact Assessment with Measurement & Verification (PIAM&V) 

PIAM&V - Fact Sheet - ESS Rule Amendments 2020
PIAM&V - Application Form Part B - ACPs - V3.3
PIAM&V - Application form - M&V Professionals - V2.1
PIAM&V - Guide for M&V Professionals - V1.4
PIAM&V - Method Guide - V4.2
PIAM&V - Template - M&V Professional Report - V1.1
PIAM&V and MBM - Lighting Requirements Guide - V1.1
PIAM&V - Audit Scope - ACPs - Method specific scope items - V1.2
PIAM&V - Template - Preliminary M&V Professional Report - V1.0

Metered Baseline Method (MBM)

MBM - Fact Sheet - ESS Rule Amendments 2020
MBM - Application Form Part B - ACPs - V3.2
MBM - Method Guide - V2.3
PIAM&V and MBM - Lighting Requirements Guide - V1.1
MBM - Audit scope - ACPs - Method specific scope items - V1.2

NABERS 

NABERS - Fact Sheet - ESS Rule Amendments 2020
NABERS - Application Form Part B - ACPs - V4.2
NABERS Baseline - Method Guide - V3.3

Sales of New Appliances (SONA)

Sales of New Appliances - Fact Sheet - ESS Rule Amendments 2020 
Sale of New Appliances - Application Form Part B - ACPs - V3.2
Sale of New Appliances - Method Guide - V4.3
Sale of New Appliances - Audit scope - ACPs - Method specific scope items - V1.2

Aggregated Metered Baseline (AMB)

Aggregated Metered Baseline - Fact Sheet - ESS Rule Amendments 2020
Aggregated Metered Baseline - Method Guide - V2.2

Installation of High Efficiency Appliances for Businesses (IHEAB)

IHEAB - Fact Sheet - ESS Rule Amendments 2020 
IHEAB - Application Form Part B - ACPs - V3.1
IHEAB - Method Guide - V3.4

Power Factor Correction Formula (PFC)

PFC - Fact Sheet - ESS Rule Amendments 2020
PFC - Method Guide - V3.2

Public Lighting

Public Lighting - Fact Sheet - ESS Rule Amendments 2020
Public Lighting - Method Guide - V1.6

Removal of Old Appliances (ROOA)

Removal of Old Appliances - Fact Sheet - ESS Rule Amendments 2020
Removal of Old Appliances - Method Guide - V3.3

ESS Rule

Energy Savings Scheme Rule of 2009 - 30 March 2020 (Current Rule) 
Fact Sheet - ESS Rule Amendments 2020

 Previous versions of the ESS rule are provided for reference here