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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. Since its inception, the ESS has supported projects that will deliver more than 32,500 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy savings and over $6.1 billion in bill savings by 2029. 

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

The 2022 Energy Savings Scheme Rule change consultation

The consultation period for the 2022 ESS Rule change is now closed.

The proposed changes include fuel switching incentives and processes for non-routine events and adjustments.

To find out more, watch the videos and read the presentation slides from our public consultation forum sessions.

The current Energy Savings Scheme Rule 

The current ESS Rule is effective from 1 August 2022. The rule was updated to include changes to the purchase of refrigerated cabinets. 

The key changes include:  

  • separating new and replacement activities  
  • reducing the energy efficiency index (EEI) for baselines 
  • the introduction of a minimum $250 co-payment requirement.  

A transitional arrangement has been included for contracts executed on or before 29 July 2022, where the implementation date is before 15 August 2022.  

You can read more about the changes in the refrigerated cabinets position paper.  

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.