The Minister may grant full or partial exemptions from the scheme under clause 22 of the Electricity Supply Act 1995.

The Ministerial Order - Exempt Electricity Loads

Exemptions are published for each compliance year in the Energy Savings Scheme (Electricity Load Exemptions) Order (Ministerial Order).

The Ministerial Order applying to the 2020 compliance year is the Energy Savings Scheme (Electricity Load Exemptions) Order 2019.

The Ministerial Order applying to the 2021 compliance year is the Energy Savings Scheme (Electricity Load Exemptions) Order 2020.

The Exemptions Rule

The Minister authorises the Scheme Regulator to make rules relating to the treatment of exempt electricity loads. This is authorised in the Ministerial Order.

The Scheme Regulator Exemptions Rule No 1 of 2016 (Exemptions Rule) outlines:

  • how deductions for exempt electricity loads are calculated
  • how deductions for losses are calculated, and
  • how Scheme Participants establish their entitlement to the exemption.

Relevant Documentation

Amended Ministerial Order - Electricity Load Exemptions - 2021 Compliance Year
Ministerial Order - Electricity Load Exemptions - 2020 Compliance Year
Scheme Regulator Exemptions Rule No. 1

Previous Ministerial Orders and versions of the Exemptions Rule can be accessed through our Document Search.