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

We currently have no consultations or tenders open for submissions.

Previous consultations and tenders

Proposed energy efficiency regulations for industrial fans

A proposal to introduce energy efficiency regulations for industrial fans sold in New Zealand and Australia was recently out for consultation. This proposal was developed under the trans-Tasman Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) programme. 

The proposal relates to fan-units (a fan and motor combination) driven by an electric motor with an input power in the range of 125 Watts to 500 kW. These are used in a wide range of ventilation and blowing applications in the commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential sectors.

A consultation paper outlining this proposal is available via download from the Energy Rating website. Interested parties had until 16 June 2017 to provide comments.

Fans consultation - Energy Rating website

A stakeholder forum took place on 19 May 2017 in Auckland, with other stakeholder events in Melbourne on 17 May and Sydney on 29 May.

For more information, email regs@eeca.govt.nz

Proposed energy efficiency revisions for Domestic fridges and freezers

EECA recently consulted on a proposal developed under the trans-Tasman Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) programme to update the test method and minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for domestic refrigerators and freezers. This proposal considers aligning Australia and New Zealand MEPS with USA levels and moving to an international test method.

Stakeholder forums were held in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne and stakeholders were invited to make submissions on the proposal. Submissions are now closed but the consultation paper is available on the Energy Rating website.

Fridge-Freezer consultation – Energy Rating website

As a next step, submissions will be considered and final recommendations prepared for decision. Further consultation may be held if the proposal changes significantly in light of stakeholder feedback. To keep informed on the progress of this proposal, email regs@eeca.govt.nz.

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.

Lighting consultation - 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 regs@eeca.govt.nz. 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.

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 closed on 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 closed on 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 closed on 31 March 2017.

New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website

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.

Air conditioners consultation - 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 regs@eeca.govt.nz.

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.

Swimming pool pumps consultation - Energy Rating website

Use of levy funding for EECA Work Programme 2017/18

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.

Commercial refrigerators

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.

Consultation regulatory impact statement - Energy Rating website

 NZ commercial refrigeration

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.