Administrator, Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012, 2012-13 functions report

The Administrator is appointed under section 23 of the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012 (the Act). The Act creates obligations and arrangements known collectively as the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (the Scheme).

Section 27 of the Act requires the Administrator to provide an annual report to the Minister on the operation and administration of the Act including:

  1. National Energy Retail Law retailer compliance with the Act1 and
  2. the number and type of eligible activities undertaken under the Act.

Administrator functions

The Administrator has the following functions:

  • establish reporting and record keeping requirements for electricity retailers
  • determine obliged retailers’ compliance with the retailer’s energy savings obligations
  • approve acquisition of abatement factors
  • approve codes of practice
  • prepare annual reports
  • report to the Minister, at the Minister’s request, on anything relating to the operation or administration of this Act.

The Administrator is supported by the Scheme’s team, located in the Construction Services Branch of the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate. The team includes two administration officers and a team manager from the Branch’s policy team.

Reporting and record keeping

As well as the record keeping and reporting obligations prescribed in the Act, requirements for electricity retailers are established in the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Record Keeping and Reporting Code of Practice 2012. All codes of practice approved by the Administrator are notified on the ACT Legislation Register2.

Compliance with energy savings obligations

Compliance with energy savings obligations for a compliance period is determined at the end of that period. The first compliance period for the Scheme operates from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013. Reporting for the 2013–14 financial year will report on compliance of all obligated retailers, including achieving priority household targets where applicable.

No complaints about electricity retailers’ compliance with the Act were received in 2012–13.

Eligible activities

The numbers of eligible activities reported to the Administrator as having been undertaken in the first half of the 2013 compliance period are included in the following table. These activities are subject to annual compliance reporting, verification and reconciliation against targets at the completion of the compliance period.

Activities undertaken to 30 June 2013

Activity

Description

No. of installations

Approximate deemed abatement (tonnes CO2-e )*

1.1 (c)

Building sealing – installation of fixed sealing to one or more of each unsealed edge of an external door

5381

1600

4.1 (a)

Lighting activities – installing a low energy general lighting service lamp

65,513

30,000

5.5 (a)

Install a standby power controller in an information technology environment

3355

6000

5.5 (b)

Install a standby power controller in an audio visual environment

12,383

40,000

 

Total

86,632

77,600

*Each activity has an abatement factor that is based on deemed greenhouse gas emissions reductions in t CO2-e averaged across that activity. Abatement factors will differ from activity to activity.

As of 30 June 2013 it is reported that 8697 households have received activities under the Scheme.

Acquisition of abatement factors

Electricity retailers may apply for an acquisition of the abatement factors generated by eligible activities undertaken by another retailer.

No applications for the acquisition of abatement factors were received in 2012–13.

Codes of practice

Two codes of practice were approved in 2012-13:

  • The Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Record Keeping and Reporting Code of Practice
  • The Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Eligible Activities Code of Practice.

These codes provide for consumer protection obligations; quality, health, safety and environmental requirements applying to eligible activities; and record keeping and reporting requirements.

New codes will be approved to support the expansion of the Scheme to business premises.

Other information

Training

Before an electricity retailer or authorised installer can undertake eligible activities, they must undertake training on the Act, the Scheme and the individual activities they will be undertaking. The training is provided by officers in the Scheme’s team. In 2012–13, 71 authorised installers received general Scheme induction training as well as training on obligations for activities 1.1 Building sealing activities, 4.1(a)-(c) Installing a low energy general lighting service lamp, a low energy reflector lamp or a low energy lamp and 5.5 Install a standby power controller.

The information contained in this report has been approved by John Meyer, Administrator, Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act.

Further information may be obtained from:

Ms Vanessa Morris
Manager, Energy Efficiency Improvement Team
Telephone: 02 6207 3888
Email: ESDD_EEIS@act.gov.au
Web: Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme, EEIS

  1. All people that hold a retailer authorisation under the National Energy Retail Law (ACT) Act 2012 to sell electricity to premises in the ACT for consumption have an energy savings obligation under the Act.