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The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning develops policy for the Victorian Energy Upgrades program. The program provides incentives for Victorian households and organisations to make energy efficiency improvements that save money on their bills and reduce Victoria's greenhouse gas emissions. The Essential Services Commission administers the program as the 'Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme' under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Act 2007.

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The VEET scheme was established under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Act 2007 (the Act) and commenced on 1 January 2009. The scheme is administered in accordance with the Act, the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2008 and the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (Project-Based Activities) Regulations 2017.

The VEET scheme is designed to make energy efficiency improvements more affordable, contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases, and encourage investment, employment and innovation in industries that supply energy efficiency goods and services.

Under the scheme, accredited businesses can offer discounts and special offers on selected energy saving products and appliances installed at homes, businesses or other non-residential premises. The bigger the greenhouse gas reduction, the bigger the potential saving.

Whether you are, or represent, an energy consumer wanting to access benefits under the scheme, or are a business interested in becoming accredited, or even someone looking to trade in energy efficiency certificates, this website provides the information you will need. Simply navigate to the relevant sections using the menu on the left.

On this website you will also find an explanation of how the scheme works and the roles of the various stakeholders, as well a number of public registers - including the register of Victorian energy efficiency certificates (VEECs).

Businesses already accredited under the scheme can access their account by using the login on the top right hand side of the page. To be redirected to the main Essential Services Commission website, click here.


 

8 November 2017

Latest updates

17 November 2017 - The Essential Services Commission (the commission) has made changes to its requirements for project-based activities (PBA) under the VEET scheme.

The commission has recently received clarification from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on the scope of this activity as it is defined in the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (Project-Based Activities) Regulations 2017 and the Measurement and Verification in the VEET scheme - Methods and Variables document. As such, international performance measurement and verification protocol (IPMVP) option A (retrofit isolation: key parameter measurement) is not an eligible option in the measurement and verification method of PBA. This leaves only options B (retrofit isolation: all parameter measurement) and C (whole facility) as eligible options in this activity.

The following documents have been updated to reflect this clarification:

These documents can be found on the publications page of this website.

8 November 2017 - The Essential Services Commission has released its Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) scheme compliance and enforcement policy and final decision.

The policy outlines our approach to promoting and enforcing compliance with the VEET Act and VEET Regulations and is important because:

  • it ensures that the greenhouse gas abatement claimed by accredited persons is achieved
  • it ensures scheme participants compete on a level playing field
  • it reduces risk to scheme participants and consumers
  • it protects the integrity of the scheme.

These documents can be found on the publications page of this website.

17 October 2017 - The Essential Services Commission held the Victorian Energy Upgrades forum on Friday, 13th October 2017. The presentation slides from the forum can be found here.   

6 October 2017 - The Essential Services Commission will be holding our next Victorian Energy Upgrades forum on Friday, 13th October 2017. The agenda for the forum can be found here. If you wish to attend, please rsvp by emailing veet@esc.vic.gov.au.   

28 September 2017 - The Essential Services Commission has released new and updated documentation for parties interested in participating in project-based activities using the measurement and verification method. The following new documents have been released:

  • Hot topics - project-based activities FAQ
  • VEEC assignment form - project-based activities - measurement and verification
  • Template letter of consent to release information - approved measurement and verification professionals

The following documents have been updated:

  • Project consent form - project-based activities (re-scoped and renamed Registration of interest form - project-based activities)
  • Application for scoping plan approval - project-based activities - measurement and verification
  • Application for project plan approval - project-based activities - measurement and verification
  • Explanatory note - approved measurement and verification professionals
  • Application for approved measurement and verification professionals

These documents can be found on the publications page of this website with further information on project-based activities available here.

27 September 2017 - The Essential Services Commission has published a Register of scheduled activity premises on the VEET website further to amendments made to the the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2008 in relation to scheduled activity premises which commenced on 1 August. The register can be found here

15 September 2017 - The commission has completed an investigation into certificates created by Demand Manager Pty Ltd, and found it has created certificates that were not in compliance with the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Act 2007 (the VEET Act) and the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2008 (the Principal Regulations). On 13 September 2017, the Commission decided to formally warn Demand Manager Pty Ltd under section 40A(2) of the VEET Act to (a) ensure it has proper oversight of installers, (b) have a robust auditing system involving properly trained staff and regular audits of installations, and (c) ensure certificates it creates comply with the VEET Act and Principal Regulations. The commission will take into account this warning if there are future non-compliances.

4 September 2017 - The commission has released its VEET Performance Report 2016. This is the eighth annual report we have released since the VEET scheme's inception in 2009. The report details the operation and administration of the VEET scheme for the 2016 reporting year and can be found here.

1 August 2017 - The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2008 (Principal Regulations) have been amended to allow scheduled activity premises (SAP), previously excluded from the VEET scheme, to opt-in to the VEET scheme. SAPs that opt-in are able to generate certificates under the scheme, which will create associated liabilities for energy retailers under the scheme. These amendments became effective on 1 August 2017. The updated Principal Regulations can be found here.

Information about these changes and their implications for VEET stakeholders can be found here


 
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