NSW Mandatory Energy & Water Savings Action Plans & Funding

01 Sep 2005Archived News Climate Change Matters

The Department of Energy Utilities and Sustainability (DEUS) requires that NSW sites designated by the Minister as using over 10 GWh in electricity per annum prepare Energy Savings Action Plans (ESAPs). Developing a Plan will include an Energy Management Review and a Technical Review at designated sites, or commitment to implement an Energy Performance Contract. About 220 private sector sites and more than 60 state government sites are expected to be covered by the measure, as well as Local Government Areas with more than 25,000 people.

 

The ESAPs are required to be submitted to DEUS by 30 June 2006 for larger energy users and September 2006 and December 2006 for progressively smaller users, with this timetable to be confirmed after DEUS' review of the Plan Guidelines following feedback from stakeholders. Generally, the technical review will need to be equivalent to a Level 3 energy audit under Australian Standard 3598:2000. Tools such as Energetics One-2-Five(R) Energy can help sites to assess their management systems and develop a Management plan towards continuous improvement.

DEUS also requires major water users across Sydney's water supply region to submit Water Savings Action Plans (WSAPs) by March 2006. The requirements here are very similar to the Energy Plans, and a combined Plan may be done to meet site and Local Government obligations. Many Sydney businesses are already conducting water studies and implementing projects under the Sydney Water 'Every Drop Counts' (EDC) business program which will assist these companies in easily completing the WSAP requirements.

It is important to note that the guidelines provided by DEUS on the energy and water savings action plans are currently in draft format. Final guidelines will be released soon based on expected industry feedback.

DEUS has also released details of an Energy Saving Fund of $40 million per year for the next 5 years and a Water Saving Fund of $30 million per year for the next 4 years. The funds are available on a competitive basis to encourage effective and innovative investments in water and energy savings measures. DEUS will be undertaking a regular public call for expressions of interest.

The guidelines for applying for the funds (including eligibility criteria) have recently been released and are available on the DEUS website. This is a great opportunity for businesses in NSW to improve water and energy efficiency and reduce costs, as well as help establish energy and water management as sustainable business activities. The closing date for the first round of funding applications is 31 October 2005.

Please visit the DEUS website for further information on the Energy and Water Savings Action Plans and funding available.

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