20 October 2021: Victorian Energy Upgrades – coronavirus (COVID-19) update
The Victorian Government has announced that a range of restrictions will ease across Victoria from 11:59pm, Thursday
21 October 2021. The Premier’s statement can be accessed here:
What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:
For all of Victoria
- Employers must ensure all authorised workers who are required to leave their usual place of residence for work, must have had their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, and will need to be fully vaccinated by Friday, 26 November. This deadline does not apply to construction workers who must have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Monday, 4 October and their second dose by Saturday, 13 November 2021.
- From 11:59pm, Thursday, 21 October 2021, in home and indoor upgrades, construction, renovation and maintenance work can occur at occupied and unoccupied premises.
- From 11:59pm, Thursday, 21 October 2021, doorknocking in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is now permitted, provided workers do not travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria to do that work.
- For occupied premises, a maximum of five workers plus a supervisor are permitted, unless additional workers are required for safety reasons.
- Construction workers travelling between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria to work on construction sites must meet the vaccine and test requirements specified on the construction sector guidance page.
Before starting upgrade work, we recommend VEU providers confirm to the premises occupier that their VEU workers have complied with the mandatory vaccine requirements for authorised workers.
For further information on the latest restrictions and requirements please see the Victorian roadmap page, the construction sector guidance page and information for industry and workers required to be vaccinated.
Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.
Face masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors both in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.
For more information about vaccines, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine
You can access information on support available for businesses impacted by the current restrictions by visiting: Business grants and support | Coronavirus Victoria
We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), in conjunction with the Essential Services Commission (ESC), has commenced a public consultation on proposed changes to efficiency test requirements for gas-fired boiler and water heater activities:
- Part 37 Activity: Replacement of a gas-fired steam boiler with a high efficiency gas-fired steam boiler
- Part 38 Activity: Replacement of a gas-fired water boiler or water heater
DELWP and the ESC seek stakeholder feedback on an issues paper which sets out options to streamline testing requirements and reduce barriers for gas-fired boiler and water heater activities under the VEU program.
Some questions we are seeking feedback on include three critical changes:
Stakeholders can submit feedback through the Engage Victoria website.
Feedback from submissions will be used to guide the creation and implementation of the new activity.
This consultation will close on 8 November 2021.
Following the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) Commercial and Industrial Heat Pump Water Heating (C&I HPWH) Consultation, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (the department), has published the C&I HPWH - Response to Consultation outlining the department’s response to stakeholder feedback.
A total of 24 stakeholder submissions were received through the consultation. Stakeholders provided valuable feedback on the proposed activity and the department thanks those who provided input.
The department has considered stakeholder feedback and has made decisions on the proposed C&I HPWH activity. The response to consultation outlines these decisions, which include:
- the department will progress the development and implementation of a VEU C&I HPWH activity.
- the department will adopt TRNSYS as the simulation tool for the purposes of the activity.
- the department will deploy measures to address barriers and potential undesired outcomes.
- the department will adopt the ‘accurate electricity emissions factors’ for the activity, reflecting a faster reduction in electricity emissions factors to 2025.
The department will finalise the Regulations and Specifications for C&I HPWH upgrades. This will be an eligible activity under the VEU program and accredited providers will be able to create certificates from the commencement date of the new activity, which will be set out in the revised Specifications before the end of 2021. The department will also continue to work with stakeholders to ensure fit-for-purpose uptake of this new activity through industry support and capacity building.
Following the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) Refrigerated Display Cabinets (RDC) Consultation, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (the department), has published the Refrigerated Display Cabinets - Response to Consultation outlining the department’s response to stakeholder feedback.
A total of 7 stakeholder submissions were received through the consultation. Stakeholders provided valuable feedback on proposed updates and the department thanks those who provided input.
The department has considered stakeholder feedback and has made several decisions on the approach to updating the RDC activity. The response to consultation outlines these decisions, which include:
- updating the current Part 32 - Refrigerated Display Cabinet activity so that all product classes in the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Refrigerated Cabinets Determination 2020 (GEMS 2020 Determination) can receive incentives under the VEU program, providing they meet technical Specifications.
- providing a transition time so that high efficiency RDCs registered to the GEMS 2012 determination will be eligible for VEU program incentives until 30 June 2022.
- aligning VEU energy efficiency levels with those proposed for the NSW, Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) and European Commission regulations (EU MEPS 2023).
The department will revise the Specifications for the Part 32 - Refrigerated Display Cabinet activity based on this consultation. The department proposes to publish final Specifications by October 2021.
Updates on VEU new and revised activity work
The department is working on several new and revised activities for the VEU program, to ensure Victorians have access to the latest energy efficiency technologies, and to increase the pool of opportunity to deliver the programs emissions reductions targets.
Cold Rooms - On 18 August 2021, the department introduced a new cold room activity into the VEU program to help industry upgrade their cold rooms. Organisations can now apply to become accredited for this activity. The department is also seeking feedback from stakeholders to assist in the uptake of this activity.
Commercial and Industrial Heat Pump Water Heating – The department will publish a response to stakeholder feedback by October 2021 and will be looking to introduce the activity into the VEU program by the end of 2021.
Water heating and Space heating – The department has started a review of all VEU water and space heating activities. Stakeholders will be consulted on proposed changes for these activities following normal processes.
Smart Thermostats and Hot Pipe Lagging – The department will be holding further consultations to inform the development of these new activities later this year.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has published the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Amendment (Cold room) Regulations 2021 and the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) Specifications 2018 Version 10.0.
These Regulations and Specifications implement a new cold room activity which can be undertaken by accredited providers to create Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs) from 17 August 2021.
The Regulations can be downloaded here:
The VEU Specifications Version 10.0 can be downloaded here:
For more information on becoming accredited to deliver this new cold rooms activity, please visit the Essential Services Commission website.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the cold rooms consultation process.
Refrigerated Display Cabinets Consultation Closes 19 August 2021
A reminder that the closing date for consultation submissions on the proposed changes to Refrigerated Display Cabinets is 19 August 2021.
The refrigerated display cabinets issues paper details the proposed updates as well as draft Specifications for stakeholder feedback. Feedback from submissions will be used to guide activity updates.
For more information on the consultation and to have your say on proposed updates, please visit Engage Victoria:
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has published two sets of Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) Specifications:
- Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications 2018 – Version 9.0.
- Measurement & Verification in Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications Version 6.0
These Specifications implement changes to the Electricity Emissions Factor (EEF) previously announced on
8 December 2020 to reflect a decline in the emissions intensity of electricity due to increased renewable energy generation. The first of these changes is effective from end of day on 31 July 2021 and reduces the EEF from 1.0950 to 0.9546 (t CO2-e/MWh). Deemed VEU activities will see a reduction in incentive between 5 to 20 per cent, depending on:
- the fuel source used in the baseline and upgrade activity (e.g. electric to electric, electric to gas)
- technical assumptions which underpin the activity
- the rounding of Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs).
The Specifications can be downloaded here:
Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications 2018 Version 9.0
The VEU Specifications V9.0 implement two important changes to the VEU program:
- implement the announced changes to EEF for 2021-2025 by separating the EEF from other input factors used in the greenhouse gas reduction calculation equations, allowing for it to automatically change each year
- remove expired sections containing historic incentive calculations for Part 34 and Part 21 which expired on
31 March 2021 and 31 July 2021 respectively
- extend the end date of Part 21 from 31 January 2022 to 28 February 2022.
M&V in Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications Version 6.0
The revised M&V in VEU Specifications V6.0:
- incorporate the announced changes to EEF for 2021-2025
- assign the EEF to M&V projects at the implementation start time (the date, and optionally time, following an upgrade on which normal operations can resume) for projects forward-creating Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates.
Lighting timeline and coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts
DELWP has received feedback regarding the timeline for emissions factor changes and phasing down and removing Part 21 lighting activities in the VEU program as a result of the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.
These Specifications implement the emissions factor changes and phasing down of Part 21 lighting activities as planned.
DELWP has worked to find a balance between transitioning away from these lighting activities while also supporting businesses whose transition plans may be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. A decision has been made to extend the end date for Part 21 lighting activities from 31 January 2022 to 28 February 2022.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (the department) has commenced consultation on updates to the current refrigerated display cabinet (Part 32) activity, to align the activity with recent regulatory changes. Updates will enable refrigerated display cabinets registered to the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Refrigerated Cabinets) Determination 2020 that meet the Specifications set by the department to receive VEU incentives.
- updating the activity name from ‘Refrigerated display cabinets’ to ‘Refrigerated cabinets’
- expanding the range of products that can be installed under the VEU activity
- introducing new formulae for calculating energy savings for refrigerated cabinet products
- allowing a transition time so that high-efficiency products can use their Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Refrigerated display cabinets) Determination 2012 registrations to continue to receive current VEU incentives.
The refrigerated display cabinets issues paper details the proposed updates as well as draft Specifications for stakeholder feedback.
For more information on the consultation and to have your say on proposed updates, please visit Engage Victoria:
The closing date for consultation submissions is 19 August 2021.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has published new versions of two sets of Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications:
- Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications Version 8.0
- Victorian Energy Upgrades Measurement and Verification (M&V) Specifications Version 5.0.
Phase down of residential lighting incentives extended to 31 July 2021
As a result of the recent impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions on residential lighting upgrade activities, DELWP announced an extension to the date of the phase down of residential lighting incentives. Changes to incandescent lighting upgrades (Part 21) scheduled for 30 June 2021 will now start on 31 July 2021.
DELWP has now published the Victorian Energy Upgrade Specifications Version 8.0, giving effect to these residential lighting changes. The Specifications can be downloaded here:
VEU program M&V method provisions
Provisions have been developed which are to be applied when calculating emissions abatement for VEU program M&V projects affected by COVID-19 or any other declared state of emergency or state of disaster. These have been created in collaboration with the Essential Services Commission and the industry expert Bruce Rowse from 8020Green.
These provisions allow projects which have been affected by a state of emergency or state of disaster to:
- extend the timeframe from which eligible baseline, operating, and reporting periods can be chosen
- use shorter measurement periods
- adjust energy models to account for changes in site constants.
Version 5.0 of the M&V Specifications and a guide to help stakeholders understand and apply the provisions can be downloaded here: https://www.energy.vic.gov.au/energy-efficiency/victorian-energy-upgrades/specifications
The VEU team would like to thank you for your patience in waiting for these provisions.
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