ESS Rule

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

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

ACPs must understand the ESS Rule. For information on your obligations, refer to Obligations of an ACP.

ESS Rule change

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is responsible for developing the policy behind the ESS and the regular updates to the ESS Rule.

To find out more about how the ESS Rule is updated and how to get involved, please visit the Energy NSW website.

Changes to the ESS Rule may require you to update your processes, documents and systems.  You should ensure you understand how proposed and actual rule changes will affect your business.

We update our guidance to reflect the latest version of the ESS Rule.

The current ESS Rule became effective on 30 March 2020.  Refer to 2019/2020 Rule change to find out about changes that resulted from this Rule change and access our updated documentation.

Relevant documentation

Energy Savings Scheme Rule of 2009 - 30 March 2020 (Current Rule)
Fact Sheet - ESS Rule Amendments March 2020
Energy Savings Scheme (Amendment No. 2) Rule 2020 – 4 September 2020
Fact Sheet – ESS Rule Amendments September 2020

Previous versions of the ESS rule are provided for reference.