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2022 Energy Saving Scheme Rule Change

The Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) Rule is updated annually. The key 2022 Rule change proposals 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.

We regularly seek feedback from our stakeholders. This is to ensure that the proposed changes are appropriate and reflect best-practice industry standards.

Consultation for the 2022 ESS Rule change began with targeted industry stakeholder workshops in December 2021.

Consultation now closed

We are no longer receiving feedback on the proposed 2022 ESS Rule changes. The public consultation on these changes closed at 5:00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight-saving Time (AEDT) on Friday 4 November 2022.

We will publish the 2022 ESS Rule and position paper once we have reviewed the feedback. 

You can find out more about the proposed changes by reading the:

If you have any questions, please email us at sustainability@environment.nsw.gov.au.

Online forum

On Tuesday 18 October 2022, we held a forum to give participants an opportunity to hear about the key changes and ask questions. If you were unable to attend the forum or wish to watch it again, you can access the videos and presentation slides below:

  1. Plenary session - This session explained the proposed changes in more detail. You can watch the video or read the presentation slides to find out more.   
  2. NRE-A Requirements discussion (measurement and verification session) - This session provided more information about non-routine events and adjustments, including a case study. Watch the video or read the presentation slides to find out more.