How the scheme works

The Energy Savings Scheme creates incentives for organisations to implement energy saving activities. Find out about how the scheme works.

What is the ESS?

The Energy Savings Scheme reduces electricity consumption in NSW by creating financial incentives for organisations to invest in energy savings projects.  Energy savings are achieved by installing, improving or replacing energy savings equipment.  

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 development of the policy framework is the responsibility of the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Department of Planning and Environment,  Division of Energy, Water and Portfolio Strategy. More information is available at