Consultation on the 2nd Phase of Operation
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) ran a public consultation on the Energy Efficiency Obligation scheme which ran from 18th August 2016 until the 30th September 2016.
The consultation sought input on whether the Department should consider any changes to the operation of the next phase of the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme. The consultation paper outlined the background to the scheme and the rationale behind the choices that determine the structure of the scheme.
A workshop for respondents took place on Tuesday, October 18th 2016. Further engagement with stakeholders took place after that date and a final decision on the next phase of the scheme was reached and signed off by the Minister for CCAE in December 2016. New Energy Efficiency Notices and targets were also issued to obligated parties.
Three main changes are being made to the scheme as of 2017. These are to:
Increase the collective energy savings target from 550GWh per annum to 625GWh in 2017, rising to 700GWh for each year 2018-2020;
Reduce the threshold for participation in the scheme from 600GWh annual final energy sales to 240GWh annual final energy sales; &
Lengthen the next phase from 3 to 4 years.
All submissions received and a decision paper on changes to the scheme and the rationale for these changes made as a result of the consultation are available below.