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NSW ESS Scheme

NSW Energy Saving Scheme

The Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) began 1 July 2009 and is part of the NSW Government’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions 60% by 2050.

The ESS creates a financial incentive to reduce electricity consumption by encouraging energy savings activities. It provides new opportunities for energy saving equipment and technologies to be delivered to businesses and households.

ESS participants have benefited from lower electricity bills through implementing energy efficiency activities and have gained income from selling energy savings certificates through its market based mechanism.

Investment in energy efficiency is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce electricity consumption. Already the ESS has achieved significant energy savings with more than 2 million certificates created and 1.7 million certificates surrendered to meet compliance obligations. That represents 1.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2 e) that has been reduced or removed from the atmosphere. This is roughly equal to taking over 300,000 cars off the road. 

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