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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.


 

Latest updates

15 September 2017 - The Essential Services 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 Essential Services 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

1 August 2017 - The Essential Services Commission has released further documentation for parties interested in participating in project-based activities using the measurement and verification method. This includes new explanatory notes for activity guidance and compliance requirements as well as application forms for scoping and project plans and variations. An explanatory note and application form for parties interested in becoming approved measurement and verification professionals has also been released. These documents can be found on the Publications page of this website with further information on project-based activities available here.

21 July 2017 - The Essential Services Commission has prepared a draft Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Scheme Compliance and Enforcement Policy for consultation with stakeholders.

The purpose of the policy is to outline our approach to promoting and enforcing compliance with the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Act 2007 and Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2008. Your submissions are important as they will help us finalise the policy. The final policy will be published once stakeholder consultation has been taken into account.  If you would like to make a submission on the draft policy, you will need to make it by 5pm on 18 August 2017.

Further information on the proposed policy can be found here.

1 July 2017 - The Essential Services Commission (ESC) has made changes to the administrative requirements for Schedule 15 - Weather sealing to support the 1 July 2017 amendments to the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2008 (the Principal Regulations). Information about these changes and their implications for VEET stakeholders can be found here.

20 June 2017 - The Essential Services Commission (ESC) has made amendments to the decommissioning evidence requirements for Schedules 1, 3B, 5, 6, 7 & 8 (Residential and/or Business).  These updates include:

  • An allowance in some instances where geo-tagged photos are not able to be obtained, the ESC may consider provision of alternative evidence (e.g. statutory declaration), verifying that the existing unit was eligible and has been permanently rendered inoperable and the reason why geo-tagged photos were not obtained.
Further clarification about these changes can be found here

19 June 2017 - New regulations, the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (Project-Based Activities) Regulations 2017 (the PBA Regulations), became effective on 19 June 2017. The PBA Regulations add an additional method for creating VEECs and allow approved bespoke projects to benefit from the scheme.

The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2008, now known as 'the Principal Regulations', were also amended on this day.  These amendments allow project-based activities to create certificates more than once at different types of premises as well as update the list of prescribed greenhouse gas schemes.  The amended Principal Regulations can be found here.

The Essential Services Commission has released information about participating in project-based activities, as well as an application form for interested parties to become accredited to carry out project-based activities. 

Further information about project-based activities can be found here.

1 June 2017 - The Essential Services Commission (ESC) has made changes to the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) mandatory safety training (MST) requirements for certain activities, effective from 1 July 2017. In addition, the ESC has updated the Risk Assessment Matrix available on the 'VEET Safety and Training' page of this website.

Further information about these changes can be found here


 
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