Ben Meyer

Ben Meyer

The Clean Energy Regulator’s (CER) Emissions and Energy Reporting System (EERS) used for reporting under the NGERs and Clean Energy Act is up and running! The CER is in the process of distributing passwords to Executive Officers and Client Administrators as we speak. Don’t worry if you have not received yours yet, as the process is staged (from A-Z) however it should be completed by next week (13 September). If you are a nominated Executive Officer or Client Administrator (formerly known as the Primary Contact under NGERs) and have not received access by the end of next week you should contact the CER on 1300 553 542.

As part of the Full Cycle Evaluation of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program, the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism held public consultations in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney from the 13th to 24th of May 2013.

The Department has also released a discussion paper for New Development Regulations. Under theSecuring a Clean Energy Future Package, the Australian Government announced that new developments and expansion projects would be included in the EEO program. The aim is that projects that meet an energy use threshold when operational will be required to assess the potential for energy productivity improvements from the initial design concept through to commercial operation.

Yesterday the Federal Treasurer, the Honourable Wayne Swan, announced the 2013/2014 Federal Budget for Australia.

Reporting fuel combustion and the associated energy consumption for certain fuel types is optional if the amount consumed is less than the reporting thresholds (See Table 1).

The recently released Reputex report “Recapping The Safeguard Mechanism – Toothless Tiger… Or Hidden Dragon?” has analysed the potential for the Federal Governments Direct Action policy to effectively manage Australia's emission growth. Their analysis concluded that the Safeguard Mechanism, as it currently stands, will cover approximately 80 companies and 261 facilities yet only approximately 85 facilities will actually be affected by any compliance obligation.

The recently released Reputex report “Recapping The Safeguard Mechanism – Toothless Tiger… Or Hidden Dragon?” has analysed the potential for the Federal Governments Direct Action policy to effectively manage Australia's emission growth. Their analysis concluded that the Safeguard Mechanism, as it currently stands, will cover approximately 80 companies and 261 facilities yet only approximately 85 facilities will actually be affected by any compliance obligation.

Reporting fuel combustion and the associated energy consumption for certain fuel types is optional if the amount consumed is less than the reporting thresholds (See Table 1).

Table 1. Materiality Thresholds

Fuel type

Threshold per instance of a source

Measurement Determination section

Petroleum-based oils and greases (other than used as fuel)

5,000 L

Division 2.4.1, section 2.39(a)

Other liquid fuels (not mentioned in s2.39(a))

1,000 L

Division 2.4.1, section 2.39(b)

Gaseous fuels

1,000 m3

Division 2.3.1, section 2.18

Solid Fuels

1 tonne

Division 2.2.1, section 2.2

Yesterday the Federal Treasurer, the Honourable Wayne Swan, announced the 2013/2014 Federal Budget for Australia.

We have summarised some of the key items of most interest to our clients and friends:

Accelerated Funding: Clean Technology Investment Program (CTIP)

  • The CTIP program will retain a $1 billion budget; however the timeframe will now see $160 million being brought forward to 2014-2015 rather than 2015-2017. As a result the program will deliver the same total over a seven year period. This ‘front-loading’ is expected to instigate industry participation earlier, therefore increasing industry stimulus particularly for cleaner energy initiatives.
  • Budget statement from AusIndustry 15 May 2013 “The key message for AusIndustry customers and stakeholders is that CTIP program demand is strong and growing.  There is no change to the funding commitment.  The Government has maintained its $1 billion commitment to the investment programs”.

The Department has also released a discussion paper for New Development Regulations. Under theSecuring a Clean Energy Future Package, the Australian Government announced that new developments and expansion projects would be included in the EEO program. The aim is that projects that meet an energy use threshold when operational will be required to assess the potential for energy productivity improvements from the initial design concept through to commercial operation.

The energy use threshold includes projects where:

  • the new development or expansion will utilise an additional energy use of 0.5 PJ per financial year or greater
  • there are multiple new developments or expansions which will each utilise an additional energy use of greater than 0.25 PJ (but less than 0.5 PJ), and cumulatively add up to more than 0.5 PJ, when developed simultaneously
  • there are multiple projects (five or more) which are all the same and will each add at least 0.1PJ of energy use when operating. (DRET, 2013)
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