We have released an updated scoping plan approval form and combined scoping and project plan approval form for projects under the measurement and verification (M&V) method of the program’s project-based activities (PBA).
We have published a new guideline to help Victorian Energy Upgrades program participants understand the requirements of the incoming enforceable code of conduct and adapt their business practices accordingly.
From 1 July 2022, every person and business involved in delivering discounted energy efficiency products and services under the Victorian Energy Upgrades program must follow an enforceable code of conduct.
We will be updating the classification of sixteen refrigerated cabinet products in our Register of Products effective 7 May 2022. We have also released an updated activity guide for the refrigerated cabinet activity to clarify an issue raised by stakeholders.
Accredited persons are reminded to ensure VEEC creation claims for building based lighting upgrades (activity 34) accurately reflect the baseline environment, particular environments with lighting control devices present.
We have released updated guidance documents and VEU registry changes to reflect the release of VEU Specifications 2018 Version 12.0. Changes include introduction of a commercial and industrial heat pump water heater activity, changes to building based lighting upgrades activity and annual adjustment of the electricity emissions factor input value.
In response to stakeholder feedback, we have updated our measurement and verification method activity guide to clarify how stakeholders are to apply the effective range rule under the measurement and verification method of the VEU program.
We have released updated guidance documents and VEU registry changes to reflect the release of VEU Specifications 2018 Version 11.0. Key update is revision to refrigerated display cabinet activity (activity 32). Other minor updates relating to activities 10, 33 and 34.
We have updated the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) registry and released updated documents to reflect changes to electricity emissions factors, incandescent lighting activities and project-based activities pursuant to the updated Victorian Energy Upgrades specifications.
We have made changes to our mandatory safety training (MST) unit requirements for installers in the VEU program to reflect availability of unit offerings given some units have been superseded and replaced in 2020.
We have introduced new product application requirements for lighting products with switchable wattage settings. We invite you to provide feedback on how we manage the transition for lighting products with switchable wattage settings which are currently listed on the Register of Products.
We have updated our guidance documents and the VEU registry to implement changes to lamp product types and available upgrade lamp ballast combinations and asset lifetime references for lamps installed under activity 34. We have also made changes to the certificate creation form for activity 27.
We reduced requirements for product applications under building-based lighting upgrade where the product has already been approved either under public lighting upgrade or non-building-based lighting upgrade.
We have updated our evidentiary requirements for heating and space heating and cooling activities and clarified the use of appendix(s) in VBA Compliance Certificates and Certificates of Electrical Safety. Accredited persons must meet the new requirements from 12 December 2019.
From the week beginning 18 November, we will be automating our request for further information (RFI) process for all Victorian energy efficiency certificates (VEECs) created in the VEU Registry excluding VEECs for lighting activities (27, 34 J6, 34 Non J6 and 35) and project-based activities (PBA).
Victorian Energy Upgrades program documents have been updated to reflect the inclusion of mains powered in-home display units and to refine a number of requirements for in-home display activities under the program.
Victorian energy efficiency certificates (VEECs) are only eligible to be created for an activity 34 J6 lighting upgrade if the upgrade is a part of a site refurbishment that is required to comply with Part J6 of the Building Code of Australia.
This update relates to requirements for accredited person justifications for ‘duplicate’ activities, and licensed electrician attendance at the installation premises for sign-off on the VEEC assignment forms lighting activities 21A, 21C, 21D, 21E and 21F (replacing energy inefficient lamps with efficient lamps).
We have updated the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) Obligations and Program Guide for Accredited Persons to reflect that accredited persons must ensure that installers are equipped with safe portable ladders when performing residential lighting upgrades (and other relevant program activities).
Following consultation on the transition period to allow non omni-directional lamps to be installed under activity 21A, we have decided to extend the transition period for these lamps until 31 July 2019.
We have released documentation to enable participation in the six new gas efficiency activities which commence on 1 March 2019 under the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program. You can now apply to become accredited for these activities.
We have finalised our training and licensing requirements for incandescent GLS or compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) replacement activities (activity 21A). From 12 February 2019, licensed electricians will need to be involved in all stages of this activity. Accredited Persons will need to provide appropriate training to minimise safety risks associated with the replacement of CFLs on installers and consumers.
We have updated our process to refer suspected non-compliant VEU activities to Energy Safe Victoria and made changes to the building based lighting upgrade (activity 34) VEEC assignment form template. The updated assignment form applies from 7 March 2019.
We have made minor changes and provided additional clarification on the geo-tagged photo evidentiary requirements for incandescent lighting activity (activity 21) under the VEU program. Download the updated activity guide for the changes.