Overview

Victorian Energy Upgrades is a market-based incentive program that supports improvements to the energy efficiency of homes and businesses. The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2008, which underpin the program, set out the level of incentive provided for activities in the program, as well as the methods used to calculate the associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. These Regulations will expire or ‘sunset’ on 11 December 2018.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has reviewed the current Regulations and developed proposed Regulations to replace them. We sought comments from the public between 18 May and 19 June.

The public had an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed Regulations by completing the survey below and/or submitting a written submission using the option provided.

Further details of the proposed Regulations:

  • Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2018, Regulatory Impact Statement – provides the costs and benefit analysis of the proposed Regulations.
  • Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2018 – the proposed Regulations.
  • Specifications – provides further technical details of activities in the proposed Regulations.
  • Proposed Activity Changes – outlines changes to existing activities and proposed new activities.


The consultation is now closed.

Key documents

Online submissions are now closed

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning would like to thank everyone who provided a submission. This survey is now closed, but we have retained the survey form for your information.

If applicable, please provide the name of the organisation you are a part of or representing in this submission

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1. Do you agree with moving the technical requirements from the Victorian Energy Efficiency Regulations 2008 to the Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications 2018, and the process by which that document can be updated by the department? Required

See the Guidelines for Updating the Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications document for more detail.

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2. Do you agree with introducing flexibility into the proposed Regulations so that emerging technologies and products can be quickly integrated into the Victorian Energy Upgrades program? Required

The new mechanism is to give the department the power to declare new technologies/products eligible for incentives where the new technology delivers the energy service set out in the prescribed activity - i.e. lighting or space heating.

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3. Do you agree with providing all activities in the proposed Regulations with a ‘fresh start’ in terms of the number of times an activity can occur at a premises? Required
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4. Do you agree with the transitional arrangements included in Part 4 of the proposed Regulations? Required
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5. Do you agree with increasing shortfall penalty rate from $46.72 to $50? Required

The penalty will be reviewed again when the targets for the program are set for the period 2021-2025.

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6. Do you agree with removing the requirement for certain products to be listed on the product register kept by the Essential Services Commission? Required

Only if these products are listed elsewhere – Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) registers for certain appliances, the AEMO National Electricity Market Load Table for Unmetered Connection Points for public lighting products.

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7. Do you agree with the introduction of the new activity for high efficiency fan motors for ducted or partition fans in ventilation systems (proposed Part 33)? Required

See the proposed Regulations and Specifications for more detail.

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8. Do you agree with the introduction of the new activity for gas-fired steam boilers (proposed Part 37)? Required

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9. Do you agree with the introduction of the activity for gas-fired hot water boilers or gas-fired water heaters (proposed Part 38)? Required

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10. Do you agree with the introduction of the activity for gas/air ratio controls (proposed Part 39)? Required

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11. Do you agree with the introduction of the activity for gas-fired burners (proposed Part 40)? Required

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12. Do you agree with the introduction of the activity for economizers (proposed Part 41)? Required

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13. Do you agree with the removal of activities involving solar retrofits for water heaters (current Schedule 2 and 4)? Required

See the Proposed Activity Changes document for more detail.

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14. Do you agree with the removal of the activity involving destroying pre-1996 refrigerators and freezers (current Schedule 19)? Required

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15. Do you agree with the removal of the activity involving standby power controllers (current Schedule 29)? Required

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16. Do you agree with the removal of the activity involving low flow trigger nozzles (current Schedule 35)? Required

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17. Do you agree with removal of flue/chimney balloons as eligible products for installation (current Schedule 15)? Required

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18. Do you agree with removal of compact fluorescent lamps as eligible products for installation (current Schedule 21)? Required

See the Proposed Activity Changes document for more detail.

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19. Do you agree with removal of gas clothes dryers as eligible products for installation (current Schedule 25)? Required

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20. Do you agree with the removal of T5 adaptors as eligible products for installation and decommissioning (current Schedule 34)? Required

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21. Do you agree with the proposed changes for water heating activities? In particular, do you have views on the requirement for heat pump water heaters to be modelled to heat pump zone 5 (current Schedule 1, proposed Part 1)? Required

See the Proposed Activity Changes document, proposed Regulations and Specifications for more detail.

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22. Do you agree with the proposed changes for space heating and cooling activities? In particular, the changes for room heating (current Schedule 9 & 10, proposed Part 9 & 10) and replacing a fixed electric room heater with a high efficiency room heater? Required

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23. Do you agree with the proposed eligibility changes for low flow shower roses (current Schedule 17, proposed Part 17)? In particular, decreasing the maximum flow rate allowed to 7.5L/min? Required

See the Proposed Activity Changes document, proposed Regulations and Specifications for more detail.

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24. Do you agree with the changes to incandescent lighting (current Schedule 21, proposed Part 21), including requiring a 60-degree beam angle for downlights installed in residential premises? Required

See the Proposed Activity Changes document, proposed Regulations and Specifications for more detail.

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25. Do you agree with the proposed splitting of non-residential lighting activities (current Schedule 34) into building based (proposed Part 34), non-building based (proposed Part 35) and public lighting (proposed Part 27)? Required

See the Proposed Activity Changes document, proposed Regulations and Specifications for more detail.

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26. Do you agree with the proposed changes to asset lifetimes, revised lamp circuit power categories, and new space types for non-residential lighting activities (current Schedule 34)? Required

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Thank you for your time completing this survey. All submissions will be compiled and analysed in the third quarter of 2018. The proposed Regulations will be released in October and commence in December 2018.

The department will consider all feedback received during the consultation before it makes the proposed Regulations. All comments and submissions received will be treated as public documents unless the organisation or individual lodging the submission specifically requests that it not be made publicly available.

Privacy Agreement

Please indicate how you would like your submission to be used. For more information, please read the Department's Privacy Collection Statement available below.

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In relation to such publication, contact details will be removed. Any submission not published will remain confidential.

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Privacy Collection Statement

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (the Department) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.

The information you provide will be used to inform the Department’s review of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2008. If you agree, the Department may also use the information you provide to inform future policy work on related matters.

Unless you indicate that your submission is confidential, extracts from your submission may also be published in a future regulatory impact statement or other relevant document related to the Victorian Energy Upgrades program. If you agree, the Department reserves the right to publish your submission on its website or a related Victorian Government website. Upon request, personal details in your submission may be removed prior to publication.

You may access the information you have provided to the Department in relation to this consultation by contacting the Victorian Energy Upgrades team via email at energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

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The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.