Roles in the Scheme

The Energy Savings Scheme creates incentives for organisations to implement energy saving activities. Find out about how the scheme works.
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The Energy Savings Scheme is governed by NSW legislation. It places a mandatory obligation on Scheme Participants to obtain and surrender energy savings certificates, which represent energy savings.  The policy framework is the responsibility of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). More information is available at

What is IPART's role?

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is the:

  • Scheme Administrator, and
  • Scheme Regulator.

IPART’s responsibility is to:

As the Scheme Administrator, IPART:

  • Assesses applications for accreditation to undertake eligible activities and to create energy savings certificates
  • Assesses applications to be a Measurement & Verification Professional or ESS auditor
  • Monitors compliance of Accredited Certificate Providers
  • Monitors the performance of Measurement & Verification Professionals
  • Assesses emerging lighting technologies and accepts them for use in the scheme
  • Manages an online ESS Registry and ESS Portal.

As the Scheme Regulator, IPART:

  • Monitors compliance of Scheme Participants with their obligations, including through independent audits.

Who else is involved?

NSW Government

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is responsible for developing the policy behind the ESS and for the ESS legislation, which is the legal framework of the scheme. See for more information.

Energy Savings Scheme Audit Services Panel

Auditors are an integral part of the ESS and perform some of the Scheme Administrators statutory functions under The Electricity Supply (General) Regulation 2014 (s55 and s56) to ensure the ongoing compliance of Scheme Participants and Accredited Certificate Providers.  

Companies may apply to IPART, as Scheme Administrator, to join the Audit Services Panel.