2020-21 Energy Savings Scheme Rule change

The Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) Rule is updated annually. The key 2020-21 Rule change proposals include:

  • updates to existing air conditioner and refrigerated cabinet activity definitions
  • the potential for new heat pump and solar water heater activities.

The NSW Government is seeking input from stakeholders to ensure that the proposed changes are appropriate and reflect best-practice industry standards.

Consultation for the 2020-21 ESS Rule change began with targeted industry stakeholder workshops in June 2020.

Public consultation on draft changes to the ESS Rule is the next step. The Draft ESS Rule (PDF 2.7MB) and Consultation Paper (PDF 523KB) provide detail on the proposed changes.

This consultation closed on Friday 23 July 2021.

Consultation forum

We thank everyone who attended the public consultation forum on 15 July 2021. The consultation forum is an important part of the ESS Rule change consultation process. It provided attendees with an opportunity to hear about the key changes and ask questions.

Presentation slides and a recording of the plenary session are available:

Recording of the plenary session of the Energy Savings Scheme Rule change consultation forum, 15 July 2021.


Joint information session

The proposed commercial and industrial heat pump water heater activities have been developed in collaboration with the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

To support this consultation, the Victorian Energy Upgrades team held a joint information session on technical aspects of participating in these activities on 24 June 2021. 

This session included a presentation from the consultancy Energy Analysis and Engineering. It instructed stakeholders on how to use TRNSYS simulation files, which are proposed for use in determining energy savings for these activities, and how to apply to have their products listed on the register of eligible products.

Please review Commercial and Industrial air source HPWH Application Guide and TRNSYS Application Files and provide your feedback as part of your submission to this consultation.