Consultations and proposals

We have the following consultations and tenders. We post our tenders on the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS).

Consultations, tenders and RFPs

Commercial refrigerators

We are consulting on a proposal to revise minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for commercial refrigerators. The report considers policies to:

  • improve the energy efficiency of refrigerated cabinets,
  • include storage cabinets, and consider labelling,
  • harmonise with international standards (test methods).

Stakeholder feedback is sought on the policy options presented in this consultation regulatory impact statement (RIS). Consultation meetings are being held in New Zealand and Australia in August 2016. Requests for meeting information should be emailed to regs@eeca.govt.nz. Submissions should be emailed to that address by 2 September 2016.

Consultation regulatory impact statement - Energy Rating website

 NZ commercial refrigeration

Energy auditing programme partners

We are seeking proposals from suitably qualified suppliers to become registered programme partners for the energy auditing programme. Programme partners will be able to apply for funding to undertake the following types of energy audits in accordance with each of Parts 1 (Commercial buildings) and Part 2 (Industrial and related activities) of AS/NZS 3598:2014
Type 1: Basic energy audit
Type 2: Detailed energy audit
Type 3: Precision subsystem audit

An invitation to register has been listed on the GETS website (reference number 15164098). This invitation to register will close 31 March 2017.

New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website

Energy management advice programme partners

We are seeking proposals from suppliers to become registered programme partners for the energy management plan programme. Programme partners will assist businesses in the commercial and industrial sectors to implement and gain the benefits of effective energy systems.

An invitation to register has been listed on the GETS website (reference number 15160832). This invitation to register will close 31 March 2017.

New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website

Energy systems optimisation programme partners

We are seeking proposals from suitably qualified suppliers to become registered programme partners for the energy systems optimisation programme. Programme partners will assist businesses to understand their current energy systems operational state and recommend feasible, cost-effective opportunities to ensure systems operate optimally. They will implement approved projects, and work with businesses post-implementation to ensure the targeted energy savings are achieved.

An invitation to register has been listed on the GETS website (reference number 15165210). This invitation to register will close 31 March 2017.

New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website

Monitoring and targeting programme partners

We are seeking proposals from suitably qualified suppliers to become registered programme partners for the monitoring and targeting programme. This programme provides funding to assist businesses to implement and gain the benefits of effective energy monitoring and targeting systems. Programme partners will be required to complete an initial energy performance assessment to determine the viability of a monitoring and targeting project, implement approved projects and work with businesses post-implementation to ensure targeted energy savings are achieved.

An invitation to register has been listed on the GETS website (reference number 15162732). This invitation to register will close 31 March 2017.

New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website

 

Previous consultations and tenders

MEPS and labelling for air conditioners and chillers

A Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement was developed with proposed revisions to minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for air conditioners/heat pumps and chillers. Energy efficiency for air conditioners has significantly improved since MEPS were introduced. However there is still a need to simplify and improve the standards to address a number of regulatory failures, to create better alignment with international standards, and to improve consistency between product categories. There is also potential for additional energy savings.

A number of policy options including revised MEPS, test standards and a new energy rating label are detailed in the report to address these concerns.

A consultation meeting was held in February 2016 and submissions closed 18 March 2016.

Use of levy for EECA Work Programme 2016/17

We invited submissions on our proposed use of the electricity levy to make electricity use more efficient in the residential and business sectors in the 2016/17 financial year.

The electricity efficiency proposals are part of a joint consultation paper on the 2016/17 annual appropriations released by the Electricity Authority and EECA. The full document is on the Electricity Authority website. EECA’s priorities are set out in Appendix D.

Submissions closed 24 November 2015.

Consultation paper - Electricity Authority website

Commercial lighting

We've developed a product profile to investigate the potential of energy efficiency improvements in commercial lighting. Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) were introduced in 2002 for linear fluorescent lamps and ballasts. Since this time there have been improvements in lighting technology and international standards. The report finds that the market has not been keeping up with new technologies, and use of old inefficient lighting is common. The report considers options to improve efficiency in currently available products like linear fluorescent lamps and ballasts.

A meeting to discuss the commercial lighting profile and the LED profile was held in September 2015 and submissions closed 25 September 2015.

LED lighting

We've developed a product profile which looks into the potential for improving the quality of LED lighting. Efficient LED lamps are widely available in New Zealand, but many consumers still use older inefficient lamps (mains voltage halogens in Australia and incandescent bulbs in New Zealand). Monitoring of LED lighting in the market indicates that technology is developing rapidly with LED lighting having the potential to broaden the range of energy efficient lighting options available to consumers. LED lamps are becoming more affordable as well. LED testing indicates a wide variation in quality and efficacy and there is a concern that consumer experience of expensive, poor quality LEDs will impact upon their willingness to buy LED products in the future. A number of policy options for LED lighting products within the scope of this product profile are discussed and more than one option could be implemented at the same time.

A meeting to discuss the commercial lighting profile and the LED profile was held in September 2015 and submissions closed 9 October 2015.

Product profile: Light emitting diodes (LEDs) - Energy Rating website