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Energy Savings Scheme

The NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) provides financial incentives to install energy efficient equipment and appliances in NSW households and businesses.

The ESS was established in 2009 under the NSW Electricity Supply Act 1995 and has been highly successful. Between 2009 and 2020, the ESS has supported projects that will deliver 37,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy savings and $6.9 billion in bill savings by 2030. 

The NSW Government incorporates changes to the scheme through the publication of the ESS Rule. This is updated on an annual basis.  

The current Energy Savings Scheme Rule 

The current ESS Rule is effective from 14 April 2023.

The key changes include:  

  • adding incentives to switch to new fuels such as biofuel, biogas and other renewable sources like solar powered irrigation 
  • a process to allow for non-routine events and adjustments due to unforeseen events such as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

You can read more about the changes in: 

The consultation period for the 2022 ESS Rule change was held in October and November 2022. Find out more about the consultation, read the documents and watch the forum sessions. 

For more information about the ESS, email us at sustainability@environment.nsw.gov.au

Find out how the ESS aims to improve energy efficiency and savings. 

Download discussion papers on the final ESS rules, draft rule versions and public submissions. 

Learn more about recent reforms of the ESS. 

Find out how the Safeguard schemes have developed in recent years. 

Learn more about exemptions for the ESS and the PDRS. 

The following resources can help you find out more about the Energy Security Safeguard and its 3 schemes.