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The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) scheme is a Victorian Government initiative promoted as the Victorian Energy Upgrades program. It was established under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Act 2007 (the Act) and commenced on 1 January 2009. It is legislated to continue in three-year phases until 1 January 2030.

The purpose of the VEET scheme is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, encourage the efficient use of electricity and gas, and to encourage investment, employment and technology development in industries that supply goods and services which reduce the use of electricity and gas by energy consumers.

The scheme operates by placing a liability on large energy retailers in Victoria to surrender a specified number of energy efficiency certificates every year. Energy retailers with a liability under the scheme are known as relevant entities. Relevant entities are able to create certificates directly, or purchase certificates in a competitive market, or both.

Each certificate represents a tonne of greenhouse gas abated and is known as a Victorian energy efficiency certificate (VEEC). For the first three-year phase of the scheme (2009-11), the scheme target was 2.7 million VEECs per annum. This increased to 5.4 million VEECs per annum from 2012. In 2017 the target is 5.9 million VEECs. This will increase further to 6.1 million in 2018, 6.3 million in 2019, and 6.5 million in 2020.

The Act, the Victorian Energy Efficiency Regulations 2008 (the Principal Regulations) and the Victoria Energy Efficiency (Project-Based Activities) Regulations 2017 (the PBA Regulations)  allow for accredited entities, known as accredited persons, to create VEECs when they help energy consumers make selected energy efficiency improvements to their homes, business premises or other non-residential premises. These improvements are specified in the Principal Regulations and the PBA Regulations are known as prescribed activities. Revenue generated through the sale of VEECs enables accredited persons to offer energy consumers special benefits that may reduce the cost of undertaking these energy efficiency improvements.

There are 35 prescribed activities are currently included in the scheme, ranging from the installation of high efficiency hot water systems, air heater/coolers, lighting, draught proofing and window treatments through to the purchase of high efficiency appliances like refrigerators and televisions.

Activities specifically designed for the business sector include high efficiency motors, refrigerated display cabinets, refrigeration fan replacement, lighting upgrades, efficient low flow trigger nozzles and water efficient pre-rinse spray valves. In addition, project-based activities are technology neutral so do not require the use of a specific technology in order to participate.

A full list of these activities can be found on the VEET activities by sector page available via the left hand menu, and complete details are provided in the Principal Regulations and the PBA Regulations.

The Act, the Principal Regulations and the PBA Regulations are maintained by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, while the Essential Services Commission (the commission) is responsible for administering the scheme, which includes such functions as accrediting persons to create certificates, auditing those persons, and managing the certificate register. The commission has also produced the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Guidelines. Copies of these documents can be retrieved from the Legislation page on this website.

The remainder of the How the scheme works section of the website provides technical information about how the scheme functions, including information of specific relevance to accredited businesses operating under the scheme.