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22 July 2021: Victorian Energy Upgrades – have your say on updates to refrigerated display cabinets (Part 32 activity)

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.

Updates include:

  • 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:

https://engage.vic.gov.au/victorian-energy-upgrades-updates-refrigerated-display-cabinets

The closing date for consultation submissions is 19 August 2021.


21 July 2021: Victorian Energy Upgrades – coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The Victorian Government announced on Tuesday, 20 July that the current restrictions will remain in place in Victoria for a further 7 days, until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, 27 July.

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:

  • The use of doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted for any activity anywhere in Victoria.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted where required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services.
  • Outdoor upgrade activities that do not involve any indoor work or engagement with households and businesses are permitted – noting that this does not permit unsolicited installations.
  • Indoor upgrade activities are permitted where they form part of a construction project and the property is unoccupied and under construction.

Face masks are required to be worn inside and outdoors – everywhere except your own home.

Your COVIDSafe Plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.

For further information on the latest restrictions and requirements please see the construction FAQ page available at https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/how-we-work-current-restrictions#construction-faqs.

Please ensure your staff follow the directions and make themselves aware of the current exposure sites. Information on authorised work and workers, exposure sites, testing and restrictions is available at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

The Premier’s statement can be accessed here:
https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/extended-lockdown-and-stronger-borders-keep-us-safe

Information on support available for individuals and businesses impacted by the current restrictions is available on the Business Victoria and Service Australia websites.

We will keep you updated as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.


16 July 2021: Victorian Energy Upgrades – Changes to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions

The Victorian Government has announced public health restrictions that will be in place from 11.59pm Thursday
15 July 2021 and are expected to remain in place until 11:59pm on Tuesday 20 July.

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:

  • The use of doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted for any activity anywhere in Victoria.
  • Only upgrade activities required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services are permitted.

Face masks will also need to be worn inside and outdoors – everywhere except your own home.

Your COVIDSafe Plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.

Please ensure your staff follow the directions and make themselves aware of the current exposure sites. A list of authorised work and workers is available online here.

Information on exposure sites, testing and restrictions is available at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

The Premier’s media release can be accessed here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-premier-92.

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Older news

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has published new versions of two sets of Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications:

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:

https://www.energy.vic.gov.au/energy-efficiency/victorian-energy-upgrades/specifications

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.

On 16 June the Victorian Government announced changes to restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria to commence from 11:59pm Thursday 17 June.

The 25 kilometre travel limit will be removed and travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will resume. Masks will continue to be required indoors and are recommended outdoors when you are unable to maintain physical distancing.

These changes in restrictions do not affect whether activities undertaken in the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program can be undertaken – all activities can occur, including doorknocking, in line with relevant restrictions.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated regularly in line with public health directions. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

The free Victorian Government QR Code Service is available through the Service Victoria app.

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

New VEU deemed activity - HPWH for businesses

DELWP seeks to expand and update the range of activities available to homes and businesses through the VEU program. These activities will increase the pool of opportunity for energy efficient upgrades and help achieve the 2021-2025 VEU program targets and create new business opportunities for installers and supply chains of energy efficient technologies.

DELWP has commenced public consultation on a proposed new activity that would provide incentives for installing an efficient heat pump water heater (HPWH) at a commercial or industrial premises or in the common area of a multi-residential building. The proposed activity has been developed collaboratively by the VEU team and the Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) team in New South Wales, to harmonise activity requirements and make compliance simpler – and we expect the ESS team will be conducting consultations at a similar time.

DELWP seeks stakeholder feedback on an issues paper which sets out options to introduce the proposed new activity, and draft regulations and specifications which govern how this proposed activity could be carried out. Questions we are seeking feedback on include: whether you see potential barriers or undesired outcomes due to the proposed activity; whether or not demand response capability should be required; and whether equipment which uses lower global warming potential refrigerants should receive more incentive.

Stakeholders can submit feedback here through the Engage Victoria website.

Feedback from submissions will be used to guide the creation and implementation of the proposed new activity.

This consultation will close on 12 July 2021.

Technical information session

To support this consultation, the VEU team will hold an online information session on technical aspects of participating in the proposed activity on 24 June 2021. This session will include a presentation from the consultancy Energy Analysis and Engineering. It will advise stakeholders on how to apply to have their products listed on the register of eligible products, how to use the simulation files which are proposed for use in determining energy savings for the activity, and other technical information related to the proposed activity. Attendees will be able to download the simulation files and supporting documentation prior to the session.

You can register to attend this information session here before 2pm 24 June 2021.

On Thursday 9 June The Victorian Government announced changes to restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria from 11:59pm, Thursday, 10 June.

The five reasons to leave home no longer apply in metro Melbourne and the existing 10-kilometre limit has been increased to 25 kilometres.

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program:

  • Both in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, in home and indoor upgrades, construction, renovation and maintenance work can occur at occupied and unoccupied premises.
  • Residents of metropolitan Melbourne may travel to regional Victoria for the permitted reasons, such as authorised work that cannot be done from home, but the metropolitan Melbourne restrictions travel with them.
  • Doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is now permitted  and unsolicited installations may occur.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions. The free Victorian Government QR Code Service is available through the Service Victoria app.

Masks are required indoors and outdoors. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

The Victorian Government announced changes to restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria from 11:59 pm, Thursday, 3 June.

For a detailed overview of the changes, see additional updates at Current restrictions - how we work metropolitan Melbourne and Current restrictions - how we work Regional Victoria.

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program:

  • Both in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, upgrade activities are permitted where required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services or where they are completely outdoor. Upgrade providers can travel to regional Victoria to undertake these activities – but are covered at all times by the restrictions in place in metropolitan Melbourne.
  • In-home and indoor upgrade, construction, renovation and maintenance work can occur in regional Victoria at occupied and unoccupied premises (noting metropolitan Melbourne workers are not authorised to undertake that work).
  • The use of doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted for any activity anywhere in Victoria during these restrictions, and unsolicited installations should not occur.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions. It is mandatory for all customers, workers, and visitors in retail settings to check in using the free Victorian Government QR Code Service through the Service Victoria app. All other businesses are encouraged to use this free service to keep records.

Please ensure your staff follow the directions and make themselves aware of current exposure sites, restrictions and authorised worker information, which is available at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

The Victorian Government announced on 2 June that the current restrictions will remain in place in Melbourne for a further 7 days, with some changes.

View the acting Premier’s media release

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program:

  • The use of doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted for any activity anywhere in Victoria during these extended restrictions.
  • In metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria upgrade activities are permitted where required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services.
  • For metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria outdoor activities that do not involve any indoor work or engagement with households and businesses are permitted – noting that this does not permit unsolicited installations.

Regional restrictions will change from 11:59 pm Thursday 3 June 2021.

VEU program participants should not travel from metropolitan Melbourne to regional Victoria to complete upgrade activities. If regional Victorian workers travel to metropolitan Melbourne they are covered by the restrictions in place in metropolitan Melbourne.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and make themselves aware of current exposure sites. Information on exposure sites, testing, restrictions and authorised workers is available at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

Phase down of residential lighting incentives extended to 31 July 2021

Considering the impacts of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions on residential lighting upgrade activities, DELWP will extend 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.

The timing of residential lighting incentive phase out will be monitored if further extensions to restrictions occur, with a notice period provided to VEU participants ahead of any further changes.

DELWP will soon publish updated specifications to give effect to this extension.

Business support

The acting Premier has also announced extended support for Victorian businesses: www.premier.vic.gov.au/support-extended-victorian-businesses

Businesses are also able to access other services including: Wellbeing and Mental Health Support for Victorian Small Businesses | Business Victoria

DELWP will provide information on support for businesses participating in the Victorian Energy Upgrades program who are impacted by these restrictions, as information becomes available.

On 25 May 2021, the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning held a webinar on the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program, which included discussion of:

  • Trends and reflections regarding the certificate market
  • New VEU activities and opportunities
  • Other Victorian subsidies and support for energy efficiency.

Victorian Energy Upgrades policy and energy efficiency program update (PDF, 2.3 MB)

VEU webinar questions and answer (PDF, 60.6 KB)

You can download and watch the webinar using the links below:

To support you and your sales staff to engage customers in the VEU program, the Department has recently updated our factsheet explaining the program.

The Victorian Government has announced circuit breaker restrictions that will be in place from 11.59pm Thursday 27 May 2021 and are expected to remain in place until 11:59pm on Thursday 3 June to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:

  • The use of doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted for any activity anywhere in Victoria.
  • Only upgrade activities required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services are permitted.

Face masks will also need to be worn inside and outdoors – everywhere except your own home.

Your COVIDSafe Plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and make themselves aware of current exposure sites.

Information on exposure sites, testing, restrictions and authorised workers is available at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Extension to the VEU Relevant Entity 2020 liability surrender date

The Essential Services Commission (ESC) has invited retailers to request a 3-month extension to the due date for their 2020 certificate liability. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) encourages accredited providers and retailers to discuss what implications this extension might have on existing financial or commercial agreements.

VEU - New activities on track for introduction from mid-2021

Following the VEU New Activities Consultation, DELWP is on track to introduce the first of its four new activities for the VEU program from mid-2021. The New Activities Response to Consultation outlines the process to date and next steps.

A total of 25 stakeholder submissions were received through the consultation, which provided valuable feedback on the proposed new activities. Thanks to all those who provided input into the consultation process.

DELWP has considered this feedback and has made several decisions on the approach to developing these new activities.

For more information on the consultation and to download the New Activities Response to Consultation, please visit Engage Victoria: https://engage.vic.gov.au/victorian-energy-upgrades-new-activities-consultation.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has published the Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications - Version 7.0.

The Specifications V7.0 give effect to the changes to lighting activities which occur in 2021. The Specifications also remove  
Part 19 – Destruction of pre-1996 refrigerator or freezer which expired on 10 December 2020.

The Specifications contain the following lighting activity changes:

  • 31 March 2021 - Part 34 Building based lighting upgrades.
    • A discount factor of 0.6 (currently 0.7) applied to High Intensity Discharge (HID) upgrades (including mercury vapour).
    • Part 34 J6 Building based lighting upgrades will be aligned with the illumination power density requirements within the National Construction Code 2019.
  • 30 June 2021 – Part 21 Incandescent lighting.
    • The incentive will be reduced by 35 per cent for all scenarios.
    • A consistent power factor multiplier will be applied across all activities.
    • The removal of lower efficacy and lifetime categories.

For more information on these changes to lighting activities in the Victorian Energy Upgrades program, please visit: https://engage.vic.gov.au/victorian-energy-upgrades/lighting

You can view and download these Specifications V7.0 from the following website:
https://www.energy.vic.gov.au/energy-efficiency/victorian-energy-upgrades/specifications

DELWP has published the Victorian Energy Upgrades – Response to Targets Consultation 2020.

A total of 82 stakeholder submissions were received through the consultation, which provided feedback on the proposed targets and other changes to the program. Thanks to all those who provided input into the consultation process.

In addition to the consideration of stakeholder feedback through the public consultation period, some changes have been made to the initial proposal, particularly in light of the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

For more information on the consultation and to download the Response to Targets Consultation 2020, please visit Engage Victoria: https://engage.vic.gov.au/victorian-energy-upgrades/targets.

VEU new activities consultation

DELWP seeks to expand the range of activities available to households and businesses through the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program. These activities will increase the pool of opportunity for energy efficient upgrades and help achieve the 2021-2025 VEU program targets.

DELWP has just opened a public consultation on new activities, seeking stakeholder feedback on issues papers which set out options to introduce new activities into the VEU program, and draft regulations and specifications which govern how an activity can be carried out.

Your feedback is invited on 4 potential new VEU activities:

  • upgrades to the refrigeration equipment of cold rooms
  • installation of Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) in commercial buildings
  • upgrades to install lagging (insulation) on pipework heated by gas appliances
  • installation of smart thermostats for residential heating and cooling systems.

Stakeholders can submit feedback through the Engage Victoria website, at https://engage.vic.gov.au/victorian-energy-upgrades-new-activities-consultation.

Feedback from submissions will be used to guide the creation and implementation of the new VEU activities.

This consultation closed on 5 February 2021.

Changes to Measurement & Verification (M&V) method

Since 2017, the M&V method has allowed businesses installing large or bespoke projects to receive incentives under the VEU program. This is done by using smart meter data to measure energy use before and after the energy efficiency project occurs. The M&V method supports the installation of on-site renewable energy which reduces the amount of energy a business draws from the grid, but until now has prevented sites that wish to export renewable energy from generating incentives.

Allowing export of renewable energy outside of the project measurement boundary is an issue regularly raised by stakeholders. Stakeholders have expressed that this rule excluded projects from using the method and damages the business case for other projects. Support for renewable energy installations, particularly solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, was also requested by stakeholders in consultation performed for the VEU emissions abatement targets in December 2019.

In response to stakeholder feedback a new version of the M&V specifications has been created – M&V Specifications V4.0 – which better supports on-site renewable energy generation by allowing export of renewable energy outside of the measurement boundary.

This change to the program is effective as of 18 December 2020. Existing projects may submit a request for variation to the ESC to allow export of renewable energy.

Research indicates that VEU could support installation of up to 100 megawatts of solar panels within ten years, providing Victorians with up to $20 million in incentives. This change will also allow the VEU program to assist Victoria in meeting upcoming VRET commitments.

Please note:

  • A correction has been made to Equation 2 of the Specifications which improves the accuracy of emissions abatement calculations for bioenergy and other fuel-switching projects
  • Some internal section references within the document have been corrected.

Download the updated Specifications and Frequently Asked Questions on the change here:

The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change announced on 8 December 2020 that the VEU targets for 2022 to 2025 will be:

  • 6.7 million certificates in 2022
  • 6.9 million certificates in 2023
  • 7.1 million certificates in 2024
  • 7.3 million certificates in 2025.

The targets will deliver significant benefits to the energy system, help Victoria achieve its climate goals by locking in 28 million tonnes of emissions savings, and reduce energy prices for all consumers, whether they participate or not. On average, participating households and businesses stand to save over $120 and $510 respectively each year.

The targets herald a new phase of the program by expanding incentives to a broad range of crucial energy demand-side technologies that will support the cost-effective transition of the energy sector. They will further support recovery by providing an additional $1.3 billion in investment in the demand-side management industry between 2022 and 2025 and supporting over 2200 jobs annually.

The Department has listened to stakeholder feedback received in response to its consultation on targets, and throughout the coronavirus pandemic. In recognition of the need of an orderly and supported transition, the electricity emissions factors need to be updated to reflect increasing renewable penetration. Introducing this change through gradual decreases in each year to 2025 will support industry transition.

Increases to shortfall penalty rates will support an expanded range of activities and be introduced gradually as part of this support for transition.

Commencement Date

Shortfall Penalty

Electricity emissions factor

(in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per megawatt hour)

31 July 2021

$70

0.9546

31 January 2022

$80

0.8142

31 January 2023

$90

0.6738

31 January 2024

$90 (subject to 2023 review)

0.5334

31 January 2025

$90 (subject to 2023 review)

0.393

The Department will release a document shortly that outlines the reasons for its decision and responds comprehensively to feedback received from stakeholders.

The Department invited stakeholders to attend the 17 December forum held by the Essential Services Commission at which it will provide further information on these matters. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to ask questions at this forum.

Victoria has moved to the Last Step of the roadmap to reopening, with key changes outlined in the Premier's media statement.

The requirements set out for the construction industry have been updated. The main change is that businesses are now allowed to doorknock for sales purposes.

Consistent with government requirements, all businesses involved in this form of lead generation and all other Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) activities must have an up-to-date COVIDSafe Plan for each workplace/site and must adhere to these at all times. Your COVIDSafe Plan must be consistent with requirements set out for the construction industry: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-sector-guidance-construction.

For businesses using doorknocking for lead generation, your COVIDSafe plan must also demonstrate your actions to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and manage risks while doorknocking; this will include face masks, physical distancing requirements and appropriate record keeping to support contact tracing. Details of how to prepare your COVIDSafe Plan are available at: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/creating-a-covidsafe-workplace

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Essential Services Commission will closely monitor the actions of VEU accredited providers and their lead generators, including responding and reporting to complaints.

DELWP recognises that coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions have had a significant impact on businesses that participate in the VEU program and would like to thank program participants for their perseverance and engagement over this period.

Information on industry restrictions and guidance should be reviewed regularly at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Currently suspended Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) activities, that is high-volume residential activities, will be reinstated from 28 October in alignment with the government’s changes to restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne for businesses undertaking these types of activities in residential premises.

Incentives for the following activities under the VEU program will be reinstated from this date:

  • Incandescent lighting upgrades (Part 21 under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2018)
  • Low-flow shower roses (Part 17)
  • Weather sealing (Part 15)
  • In-home display units (Part 30).

Consistent with government requirements, all businesses involved in these and all other VEU activities must have a COVIDSafe Plan. Employers engaged in VEU activities must have a High Risk COVIDSafe Plan in place for each workplace/site and must adhere to these at all times.

Details of how to prepare your COVIDSafe Plan are available at: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/creating-a-covidsafe-workplace

Your COVIDSafe Plan must be consistent with requirements set out for the small-scale construction industry: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-sector-guidance-construction.

The Industry Restart Guidelines Small-scale Construction FAQs allow these activities in occupied residential premises where it is possible to create a physical barrier between workers and occupants and/or the occupier can temporarily vacate the premises for duration of the works.

Doorknocking for sales and lead generation is not allowed anywhere in Victoria.

The suspension of some VEU program activities has been maintained over these past months consistent with the government’s restrictions for a wide range of business in metropolitan Melbourne. DELWP recognises that these restrictions have had a significant impact on businesses that participate in the VEU program and would like to thank program participants for their perseverance over this period.

Information on industry restrictions and guidance should be reviewed regularly at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Changes to Part 21 Lighting Incentives

The coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions have significantly limited residential lighting upgrade activity in 2020 to date – and some impacts may continue to be felt as this sector restarts following the lifting of the suspension.

Taking account of this disruption to activities, DELWP has revised the date at which the phase down of residential lighting incentives will commence – this change revises the date published in the Victorian Energy Upgrades Lighting Activities – Response to Consultation on 30 September 2020, as follows:

The changes to Incandescent lighting upgrades (Part 21) scheduled for 31 March 2021, will now commence on 30 June 2021.

This change provides program participants with a clear notice period and a further three months of unrestricted activity with current incentives, to address concerns about supporting their ability to deliver significant further upgrades to Victorian households, meet forward contracts and plan for transition of their business models.

VEU participants are encouraged to regularly review guidance and Frequently Asked Questions for the construction industry, which provides relevant information about the types of activities allowed under different restriction levels and steps of reopening: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-sector-guidance-construction.

On 29 September, specific updates were made for solar and energy efficiency, clarifying which energy efficiency activities are permitted under each step of reopening. Refer to the Industry FAQ – Small Scale Construction for details.

Anyone doing energy upgrades, including their sub-contractors, must ensure they are compliant with the permitted workplaces requirements and COVIDSafe Plan (or High Risk COVIDSafe Plan) requirements.

DELWP published the Victorian Energy Upgrades – Lighting Activities Issues Paper – Response to Consultation.

A total of 49 stakeholder submissions were received through the consultation, which provided feedback specific to the proposed changes to lighting activities in the program. Thanks to all those who provided input into the consultation process.

DELWP has considered this feedback and the supporting evidence and decided to revise all changes to lighting activities. This decision will support program participant business transition and planning and minimise the impacts on jobs, particularly in consideration of the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

For information on the decision and the timeline of changes to lighting activities, go to the VEU Consultation page .

For more information on the consultation and to download the Lighting Response to Consultation, please visit Engage Victoria: https://engage.vic.gov.au/victorian-energy-upgrades/lighting.

The suspension of incentives for the following high-volume activities will continue to apply in both residential and non-residential premises across Victoria.

  • Incandescent lighting upgrades (Part 21 in the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2018)
  • Low flow shower roses (Part 17)
  • Weather sealing (Part 15)
  • In-home display unit (Part 30).

The use of doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted anywhere in Victoria.

For up-to-date information, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

What help is available for businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)?

We understand the current situation and coronavirus impacts are challenging for some program participants. For those businesses dealing with financial impacts or closures, the State Government will provide support through an expanded Business Support Fund.

Businesses across the state can access information by calling the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15. This includes information about support services, including those available through Business Victoria, which offer mentoring to help operators develop business continuity and recovery plans.

Businesses can also find advice, updates and support to help your workplace plan from Business Victoria at: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/disputes-disasters-and-succession-planning/illness-and-business-management-plan/coronavirus-business-support

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