What Is ESC?
The Energy Saving Scheme (ESS) is a project by the NSW government, setting out to upgrade inefficient equipment and processes such as lighting, motors, ventilation, heating etc. with the help of Accredited Certificate Providers (ACPs). This scheme enables NSW households, small businesses, and large businesses to enjoy energy-efficient appliances at a fraction of cost. If this scheme didn’t exist, these upgrades would cost a fortune.
Under this scheme, Energy Efficiency Certificates (ESCs) can be generated by an ACP. The government does not set ESCs price; instead, it’s the supply and demand of the certificates that decide the price, and they often fluctuate. Each of these certificates denotes one notional Megawatt hour (MWh) of energy saved.
How Does the ESS Scheme Work?
At first- it is calculated that; how much energy can be saved if someone decides to go through with the government energy saving scheme. After that, how many certificates can be generated, is determined by calculating how many MWh of energy will be saved if the upgrade takes place. The replacement of inefficient equipment’s with efficient ones are either done by the ACPs or other companies who are not ACPs. However, if they are not ACPs, they cannot generate certificates, unfortunately.
In order to generate ESCs, the proper documents of the inefficient appliances replaced by the ACPs’ have to be submitted to the governing body. For example, if a halogen lamp gets replaced by an LED, the energy retained by this replacement will denote a certain watt of energy saved. Adding these numbers for a household or a business, it can be determined how much energy will be saved as a whole; thus, a fixed number of ESCs are created on that basis.
After the generation of certificates, they get purchased by the scheme participants. In this case, the scheme participants are energy retailers. However, if the retailers have acquired ACP status, they can generate certificates on their own. Giant energy retailers, who generate more than 30,000 MWh of electricity per annum, are required to surrender a fixed number of certificates or more than that, if possible, within a year. The government determines that number.
For any household in New South Wales to benefit from this scheme, there is a fixed amount of fee that has to be paid to the company for installing and replacing the inefficient appliances. It’s 30 AUD + GST; ultimately, this number stands around 33AUD.
For any business looking forward to enabling the scheme, there is also a fee to be paid, but in this case, the amount is not fixed; it fluctuates. If a business consumes less than 8,350 kWh of electricity per month, it will be considered a small energy user. If more, they are treated as medium or large energy user, which is a huge factor that plays a vital role in terms of determining the fees that are to be paid by them.
Energy-Saving Measures That May Help Generate ESCs
There are quite a few processes that fall under the Energy Saving Scheme (ESS), which can help generate ESCs. Lighting, HAVC, furnace, compressed air system, and some other processes are there, which can help generate ESCs if they are replaced with a more energy-efficient system. Because, at the end of the day, swapping these energy-hungry systems with more efficient ones will lead to saving a lot of MWh of energy per year, and that is the main objective under the NSW government’s energy saving scheme.
How Do I Become an Accredited Certificate Provider (ACP)?
There are a total of six steps for anyone to become an ACP. The first four of which only involves the application process itself. In the last two steps, IPART (Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal) evaluates the applicant’s documents as per ESS requirements and lets them know whether the scheme administrator approves or rejects their application.
In the first step– an applicant is required to develop a business strategy in compliance with the energy-saving scheme (ESS) and arranges all the necessary documentation to, prepare a two-part application form. The next step requires the application to be submitted to the IPART.
The third step- begins with checking if the application process is complete. The authority goes through all the provided documents and cross-checks if all the necessary information for IPART to evaluate whether or not the application has been submitted correctly. If not, the applicant will be requested to provide the missing information. It is not uncommon to send multiple requests to the applicant to provide the missing information. In the fourth step– the entrant has to pay the application fees, and after a confirmation comes through of the payment being received, the next phase begins.
In the fifth step– the actual assessment of the application in accordance with ESS requirements begins. In the process, the applicant is frequently updated about the application status. Also, they may be asked to hand over further information needed to conduct the assessment spontaneously. Lastly, in the final step, – the applicant receives a verdict – whether their application gets accepted or rejected, in a writing form.
How Long Does It Take for the Application to Get Accepted?
As the whole application process is a lingering one, an applicant has to have patience. There are multiple steps to follow through properly, as well as a lot of back and forth, regarding missing pieces of information. Besides, things like the business strategy provided and the application’s quality, play a massive role in the time needed to deliver a verdict. If everything goes smoothly, a decision regarding the success or failure of the process may come through in about four months or more.
How Much Do I have to Pay to Become an Accredited Service provider?
According to the IPART website, the current cost is $2,500 per application. To know more about the latest application fees and pricing, contact Cyanergy.
How Can Cyanergy Help?
It is apparent from the aforementioned information that becoming an ACP requires one to go through many processes, and it demands a certain time commitment. Even so, there are possibilities that one’s application might not get accepted after completing all of the steps. Without becoming an ACP, it is impossible to generate energy savings certificates. Hence, this is where Cyanergy can help newcomers or existing companies in the industry who are unable to create certificates.
Cyanergy is an Accredited Certificate Provider, standing strong in the industry for more than ten years. We can provide any newcomer in the industry with proper guidance and genuine information. Also, any existing companies working towards a successful journey of government energy saving scheme can work hand in hand with us and generate profit in the process.
What Is the Current ESCs Price?
Energy-saving certificate prices fluctuate every day. The price depends on the supply and demand of the certificates. In fact, it is tough to precisely state a number in regards to ESCs price. If you are interested to know the exact prices and rates, please contact Cyanergy.
Saving as much energy as we can, now, could lead us towards a better future. This is crucial until we figure out how to use renewable energy more efficiently. The ESS scheme lets many households and businesses take a step forward and embrace more energy-efficient appliances and save a ton of electricity along the way. Within this ESS scheme, ESCs are generated by the ACPs and ESCs prices are determined by the supply and demand of these certificates.