The recommendations paper and a summary is available on the Energy Efficiency Opportunities website. The Government's response to the recommendations is also available.
As part of the process for implementing these changes, the EEO team released a discussion paper. This paper provides background on the full-cycle evaluation and a framework for the consultations associated with the paper.
While the impacts of these changes will differ across businesses, below are some issues for consideration:
The review found that the second cycle will be worthwhile as further energy efficiency gains can be made: energy efficiency is a process, not a destination and most businesses will still find cost effective benefits by applying the framework rigorously. Is that true in your business? Will doing more EEO oriented work yield more energy efficiency projects or are other barriers holding you back, like capital availability and maintenance schedules?
There has been much talk of new “flexibility” in the program, but this has not been well defined. Have you had any methodologies rejected? Do you think you have a method that captures and implements projects more effectively than that suggested by the Guidelines? What sort of clarity around this flexibility would make your job easier?
There is mention of a single national portal for all energy and carbon reporting; which has been on the agenda for at least four years now. Should something like this ever be implemented, what does your business need from it? Do you use unusual metrics which you would like captured? Are there any other ways you interact with government, either state or federal, which you would like incorporated?
Energetics will be writing a response to the discussion paper and attending the consultation workshop in Melbourne. The workshops will be held between 13 and 24 May, in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and written submissions are requested by the end of May.
Should you want to provide feedback there are a few options. Either attend one of the workshops, provide a submission in writing, or you can contact Energetics' Senior Consultant, Evan Beaver, who will include your input in the Energetics’ submission.