Consultations and proposals
We have the following consultations and tenders. We post our tenders on the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS).
Current consultations, tenders and RFPs
Proposed energy efficiency revisions for Domestic fridges and freezers
A proposal to update Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and the test method, for domestic refrigerators and freezers, is now out for consultation.
This proposal has been developed under the trans-Tasman Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) programme, covering appliances in New Zealand and Australia. At present, fridges and freezers must comply with requirements set out in an Australia-New Zealand Standard. One option proposed is to move to USA MEPS levels and adopt an international test method instead of the local requirements.
You can download the consultation paper from the Energy Rating website.
A New Zealand stakeholder forum is planned for 19 May 2017 in Auckland (other fora are planned for Sydney and Melbourne). For more information and expressions of interest, email email@example.com. Submissions close at 2pm NZT Sunday 28 May 2017.
Previous consultations and tenders
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is currently consulting on the draft replacement New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS).
The NZEECS 2017-2022 will guide EECA’s work programme over the next five years.
It proposes actions that will help New Zealand make the most of its clean, renewable energy sources and use energy more productively.
Its actions and targets focus on three priority areas: transport; the heat used in industrial and manufacturing processes; and innovative and efficient use of electricity. These sectors offer the greatest potential for emissions and efficiency savings, which can improve economic growth, energy security and affordability, and help New Zealand meet its climate change commitments.
Submissions on the draft replacement strategy, through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), closed on 7 February 2017.
Proposed energy efficiency standards for lighting products
A proposal to introduce minimum energy performance standards for LED lamps and commercial luminaires is now out for consultation.
This proposal has been developed under the trans-Tasman Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) programme and is proposed for adoption in New Zealand and Australia. There are additional Australia-only proposals to adopt new and revised standards for incandescent and halogen lamps.
You can download the consultation paper and get details on the consultation and how to have your say from the Energy Rating website.
A New Zealand stakeholder forum is planned for 7 February 2017 in Auckland. Expressions of interest in the stakeholder forum and written submissions on this proposal can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions closed on 3 March 2017. (The closing date for submission has been extended and was originally notified as 24 February 2017).
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 closed on 31 March 2017.
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 closed on 31 March 2017.
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 closed on 31 March 2017.
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 closed on 31 March 2017.
Supplementary consultation on proposed revisions to standards for air conditioners and chillers
EECA consulted in February 2016 on proposed revisions to energy efficiency standards and labelling requirements for air conditioners (heat pumps) and chillers. These revisions were developed under the trans-Tasman Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) programme and proposed for adoption in New Zealand and Australia.
Based on the feedback received from stakeholders during the first round of consultation, EECA released an updated proposal in late 2016 for further consultation. Submissions closed on 31 January 2017. You can view the consultation paper on the Energy Rating website.
EECA is now working with its E3 Programme partners to review submissions on the updated proposal and develop final recommendations. To keep informed on further developments you can contact email@example.com.
Proposed standards for pool pumps sold in Australia
EECA’s partners in the trans-Tasman Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) programme consulted on proposed energy efficiency measures for swimming pool pumps sold in Australia. These measures are not proposed for adoption in New Zealand at this time because they would not deliver significant national benefits.
Submissions closed on 21 December 2016.
We invited you to share your views on our proposed use of funds recovered from three levies for the 2017/18 financial year. EECA requested $13 million in levies – the same as previous years – but spread across three energy levies in proportions set by the Government:
- Electricity levy, 40% to collect $5.2m
- PEFML, 50% to collect $6.5m
- Gas levy, 10% to collect $1.3m.
EECA proposed using levy funding to implement programmes in areas where the greatest impact in emissions reduction and energy efficiency can be made. Programme activities will be directly linked to the source of funding.
Submissions closed 9 December 2016.
- Levy-funded appropriation and work programme consultation paper [PDF 754KB]
- Levy submissions [PDF 1.9MB]
EECA consulted on a proposal to revise minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for commercial refrigerators. The report considered policies to:
- improve the energy efficiency of refrigerated cabinets,
- include storage cabinets, and consider labelling,
- harmonise with international standards (test methods).
Stakeholder feedback was sought on the policy options presented in the consultation regulatory impact statement (RIS). Consultation meetings were held in New Zealand and Australia in August 2016. Request for submissions closed on 2 September 2016.
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.