Note: this website provides detailed policy information on the Victorian Energy Upgrades program and the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) legislation and regulations.
- If you are a business owner or householder looking for information on reducing your energy bills, please visit the Victorian Energy Saver website.
- If you are an accredited provider looking for information on activities covered by the program, please visit the Essential Service Commission website.
Review of Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations
In Victoria, regulations must be remade every 10 years. The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations, which set out the requirements for the Victorian Energy Upgrades program, were made in 2008 and are therefore due to be reviewed and remade before they expire or ‘sunset’ on 11 December 2018.
Consultation on the proposed Regulations has now closed. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning would like to thank everyone who provided a submission. The Department is now analysing these submissions and will provide an update in the third quarter of 2018 with the view of finalising the remaking of the Regulations by October 2018.
Visit the Engage Victoria website to subscribe to updates on this review.
New grants for Measurement and Verification projects
The Victorian Government released $250,000 in Custom Upgrades Grants using the Measurement and Verification method. Each individual grant will have a value of up to $25,000. They will support Victorian businesses to fund the initial stages of an energy efficiency project, including case studies, metering and baseline (i.e. “business as usual”) data collection.
The grants application process has now closed.
Decision on proposed changes to Schedule 34 Lighting Upgrade
From 25 September to 1 November 2017, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (the department) consulted on proposed changes to the number of Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs) generated by certain types of lighting upgrades under Victorian Energy Upgrades, including a consultation session in October 2017.
Consultation on these proposed changes has now closed, and the department would like to thank those who made a submission.
The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change has published in the Government Gazette a Notice of Declaration specifying the discount factors to be applied to certain types of Schedule 34 lighting upgrade activities, as required under Section 19 of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Act 2007.
From 1 February 2018, discount factors will apply to certain types of lighting upgrades, specifically:
- T8 or T12 fluorescent lamps in any environment
- high intensity discharge lamps (metal halide, mercury vapour and high pressure sodium lamps) in building-based environments.
Victorian Energy Upgrades launched
On 1 August 2017, the Victorian Energy Upgrades program was announced as the new public-facing name of the program established under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Act 2007. New marketing materials, including brochures, case studies, videos and web content, have been developed to raise the profile of the program.
Please refer to the Victorian Energy Upgrades website to view the new marketing materials or for more information.
The ‘Energy Saver Incentive’ name will no longer be used. ‘VEET’ will continue to be used for references to the Act and associated regulations.
You can download presentations from the launch event including the overview of recent changes (PDF, 6.0 MB) and the Project-based activities information session (PDF, 831.6 KB).
Commercial Lighting Issues Paper
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning released the discussion paper (PDF, 1.0 MB) to seek stakeholder feedback on:
- the remaining opportunities for commercial lighting upgrades through Victorian Energy Upgrades
- key issues associated with the earlier-than-anticipated achievement of the Victorian Energy Upgrades program target for 2017
- how the rollout of energy efficiency activities, which historically has rapidly expanded and contracted, impacts participants.
Responses to this discussion paper are now closed and consultation is now open on proposed changes to commercial lighting upgrades. Please see above for further details.
The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (Project-Based Activities) Regulations 2017—which provide for project-based activities including the Measurement and Verification (M&V) method—came into effect on 19 June 2017. Find out more on the project-based activities page.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning consulted on project-based activities in June 2016. Our response to submissions for the M&V method is now available on the consultation page, and includes all non-confidential submissions.
Large energy user opt in
From 1 August 2017, all large energy users that took part in EPA Victoria’s Environment and Resource Efficiency Plans (EREP) program, and were excluded from the Victorian Energy Upgrades program, will be able to create certificates and liabilities under the program if they choose to do so. Find out more on the large energy user opt in page.
Changes to weather sealing (Schedule 15) have been introduced to the Regulations and came into effect on 1 July 2017. Please refer to the consultation page to access the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s response to the consultation conducted in 2016.
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