Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Information Forum

Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Information Forum

20 Feb 2015

 

The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Information Forum The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Information Forum was held in Melbourne on Friday the 20th of February, 2015.

It has been 15 months since the last Information Forum on this matter was held and 2015 marks the 7th year since the scheme’s commencement. The scheme faced uncertainty through 2014, however with the change of government the uncertainty seems to be over.

There were several main messages that came out of this forum:

  • Energy and Resources Minister Lily D’Ambrosio announced the continuation of the VEET scheme in December 2014
  • The Minister announced the VEET scheme target for 2015 will be 5.4 million VEECs
  • The Government will review the VEET scheme in the first half of 2015, with a view to strengthening it even further
  • A more proactive approach to ensuring that Accredited Persons (APs) only utilise installers that hold a suitable level of qualification and/or training to complete the task being undertaken
  • Product compliance, a more strenuous approach to the review of product test reports, as there have been some occurrences of test reports being altered. It should be noted: if detected by Essential Services Commission (ESC) the supplier will be removed from the scheme and may be heavily fined

Comtest can provide testing services for Energy Rating (E3), Energy Efficiency, Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) requirements, including Energy Star testing. We can also provide support for the registration requirements associated with Energy Rating (E3) and Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) processes. With our NATA certified laboratory we are also able to test products for electrical safety, and calibrate a wide range of measurement equipment.

Overview of the VEET Scheme

The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) scheme is not a rebate scheme, but it can save you or your organisation money. It works by allowing certain businesses, known as Accredited Persons, to create certificates when they help you make selected energy efficiency improvements to your premises, or those of your business/organisation. Each certificate - known as a Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificate or VEEC - represents one tonne of greenhouse gas abated. The money the accredited business makes from selling its certificates can go towards a discount on the product or appliance installed. This discount is known as an Energy Saver Incentive.

When seeking your Energy Saver Incentive, either as a residential or commercial energy consumer, there are a few important points to remember:

  • Only accredited businesses/entities can create VEECs, and only when they provide you with an approved product or appliance.
  • At present, VEECs cannot be created for the installation of ceiling insulation, although under floor insulation is still eligible for the creation of certificates.
  • The value of VEECs, and how much of that value the accredited business decides to pass on to you or your business/organisation, can vary. As with any purchase, you should shop around.
  • In most cases, a new energy efficient appliance or product must be actually installed by the accredited business to be eligible for VEECs, even if the improvement is just the replacement of light globes or a shower rose.
  • Sometimes an energy consumer can receive an Energy Saver Incentive simply by purchasing an appliance, but in most cases a VEET activity will involve replacing an older product or appliance. When this happens, the accredited business will need to decommission (meaning render permanently unusable) the old appliance before they can create VEECs.

Which activities are covered?

There are now 17 categories of energy saving activities covered by the VEET scheme, including 6 specifically tailored to the business sector. These activities are listed below. For more details about which products feature on the public registers, visit the Product Register page on the VEET website. If you're interested in a product that is listed on the register, you will need to contact an accredited business directly to see what products they offer for installation.

  1. Water heating
  2. Space heating and cooling*
  3. Space conditioning*
  4. Incandescent lighting replacement
  5. Shower roses
  6. Refrigerators/freezers
  7. Televisions
  8. Clothes dryers
  9. Pool pumps
  10. Standby power controllers
  11. In-home displays
  12. Motors**
  13. Refrigerated Display Cabinets**
  14. Refrigeration fans**
  15. Commercial lighting upgrades**
  16. Efficient low flow trigger nozzles**
  17. Water efficient pre-rinse spray nozzles**

* A number of activities in this category are only available to residential premises
** These activities are only available to the business and non-residential sector

Remember, only products which are listed on the VEET product register can be used, regardless of which energy saving activity you are looking to undertake.

Comtest has the relevant accreditations to provide energy efficiency testing for a wide range of products, such as computers and monitors, lighting products, TVs and home entertainment equipment, power supplies and battery chargers, and many more. With our experience and expertise, we can help our customers to meet the various requirements for government authorities, industry associations, and manufacturers for the Australasian market.