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Changes in the ESC rules explained simply

We know we’ve mentioned this before, but the new Rule for creating Energy Savings Certificates (ESCs) came into effect on 1st July 2014.

Important changes include:

1.  If your project is already completed you have until 30th September to create and register the ESCs. After this date, there will be no other chanceto create ESCs retrospectively. If your project is currently underway, you will need to sign a Nomination Form with an ACP before the project is completed if you want to claim ESCs. 


2. If you want to create ESCs for future projects (i.e. any project that is implemented after 1st July 2014) you must sign up with an Accredited Certificate Provider (such as Out Performers) before the project is implemented.


3.  For lighting projects

ESCs can no longer be created for lighting projects implemented after 1st June 2014 that installed either T5 adaptors or linear LED tube replacements where only the tube and/or the starter was modified. However, If your lighting project with either of these two technologies was implemented before 1st June 2014, you have until 30th September 2014 to claim ESCs. Where ELV halogens are installed the maximum allowable wattage for energy savings calculations is now 35W regardless of actual wattage. There are also expanded requirements regarding lux testing and project supervision by a licensed electrician.

4.  For non-lighting projects:
More ESCs can be created up-front under the new method (“PIA M&V”) for non-lighting projects. The new method commences on 1st October 2014. However, there are also expanded requirements for more energy measurement and verification (M&V) which must be signed off by a suitably-qualified M&V professional – Out Performers can provide this service but we need to be informed early when you start planning your projects if you want to maximise project returns.

Contact us on 02 8094 1742:

  • Klint Rivett, Commercial Projects
  • Dale Stedman, Industrial Projects