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VICTORIAN ENERGY EFFICIENCY TARGET (PROJECT-BASED ACTIVITIES) REGULATIONS 2017 - REG 6

Scoping approval

    (1)     An accredited person may apply to the ESC for a scoping approval in respect of a project.

Reg. 6(2) substituted by S.R. No. 175/2018 reg. 6(1).

    (2)     The application must—

        (a)     be in the manner and form specified by the ESC under regulation 15(1)(a) ; and

        (b)     include the information and documents specified by the ESC under  regulation 15(1)(a); and

        (c)     include the information and documents specified in subregulation (3); and

        (d)     if the application does not include a nomination under subregulation (2A), include the information and documents specified in subregulation (3A); and

        (e)     be accompanied by any relevant fee fixed under section 73 of the Act.

Reg. 6(2A) inserted by S.R. No. 175/2018 reg. 6(2).

    (2A)     An application for a scoping approval may nominate a benchmark administrator for the project.

Reg. 6(3) amended by S.R. No. 175/2018 reg. 6(3).

    (3)     The information and documents required to be included under subregulation (2)(c) are the following—

        (a)     the name and address of the accredited person;

        (b)     the address of the premises where the project will be undertaken;

        (c)     the indicative date when the project will commence;

        (d)     a description of the kinds of activities to be undertaken as part of the project, including the following—

Reg. 6
(3)(d)(i)–(iii) revoked by S.R. No. 175/2018 reg. 6(4).

    *     *     *     *     *

              (iv)     the service or services affected;

              (v)     energy sources affected, such as electricity, natural gas, LPG or renewable;

              (vi)     if any lighting equipment is removed in carrying out the activity, an undertaking in the form specified by the ESC under regulation 15(1)(a)(i) that the removed equipment will be decommissioned;

Reg. 6
(3)(d)(vii) amended by S.R. No. 145/2018 reg. 49(1), substituted by S.R. No. 175/2018 reg. 6(5).

              (vii)     if any lighting equipment is to be installed in carrying out the activity, an undertaking in the form specified by the ESC under regulation 15(1)(a)(iv) ;

        (e)     a nominated project name;

        (f)     an undertaking in the form specified by the ESC under regulation 15(1)(a)(iii) that the project is not undertaken to comply with energy efficiency or greenhouse gas emissions requirements in any minimum standard or mandatory requirement under any legislation.

Reg. 6(3A) inserted by S.R. No. 175/2018 reg. 6(6).

    (3A)     The information and documents required to be included under subregulation (2)(d) are the following—

        (a)     a description of the energy consuming products to be installed or removed or
modified;

        (b)     a description of modifications to the way an existing energy consuming product is used;

        (c)     a description of products to be installed or removed that affect the energy consumption of an energy consuming product.

    (4)     The ESC may grant or refuse a scoping approval.

Reg. 6(4A) inserted by S.R. No. 175/2018 reg. 6(7).

    (4A)     The ESC must not grant a scoping approval on an application that includes a nomination under subregulation (2A) unless the premises where the project will be undertaken are of the type for which the administrator is approved to administer a benchmarking process.

Reg. 6(5) substituted by S.R. No. 175/2018 reg. 6(8).

    (5)     Except in the circumstances specified in subregulation (5A), the ESC must not grant a scoping approval if work for the purposes of the project has commenced at the premises where the project will be undertaken.

Reg. 6(5A) inserted by S.R. No. 175/2018 reg. 6(9).

    (5A)     The circumstances in which the ESC may grant a scoping approval in respect of a project despite work having commenced at the premises where the project will be undertaken are where—

        (a)     the application for the scoping approval includes a nomination under subregulation (2A); and

        (b)     the work did not commence before the application was submitted.

    (6)     For the purposes of determining whether work for the purposes of the project has commenced, the ESC may disregard the following activities that have been, or are being, undertaken in relation to the project—

        (a)     conducting a feasibility study for the project;

        (b)     planning or designing the project;

        (c)     obtaining regulatory approvals for the project;

        (d)     obtaining consents relating to the project;

        (e)     obtaining advice relating to the project;

        (f)     conducting negotiations relating to the project;

        (g)     measurement or analysis to establish a baseline energy model as defined by the Secretary under regulation 18(1)(a) for the project, including the installation or modification of metering equipment;

        (h)     an activity required to support the application for scoping approval;

Reg. 6(6)(i) amended by S.R. No. 175/2018 reg. 6(10).

              (i)     an activity that is ancillary or incidental to any of the above activities;

Reg. 6(6)(j) inserted by S.R. No. 175/2018 reg. 6(11).

        (j)     calculating the benchmark rating for the baseline period, as defined by the Secretary under regulation 18(1)(i), using a benchmark process.

    (7)     For the purposes of subregulation (5), the following activities are examples of when work has commenced—

        (a)     installing or modifying an asset, other than for the purposes of metering, that is for use wholly or mainly for the purposes of the project;

        (b)     commencing construction work for the purposes of the project.

    (8)     The ESC may grant a scoping approval if it is satisfied that—

        (a)     the project will be undertaken at—

              (i)     a business premises or a non-residential premises; or

              (ii)     a building classified under Part A3 of the Building Code as Class 2 or Class 3 if the project does not relate to services supplied exclusively to a sole-occupancy; and

        (b)     the project described in the application, if undertaken, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and

        (c)     the project does not propose to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing production capacity or by reducing service levels, except if service levels are being reduced to correct over-servicing.

    (9)     The ESC may require that an applicant for a scoping approval—

        (a)     provide further information in relation to the application; or

        (b)     facilitate an inspection, by a staff member of the ESC or a representative of the ESC nominated by the ESC, of the premises where the project will be undertaken.

    (10)     The ESC must determine an application for a scoping approval—

        (a)     within the period of 60 days after the day the ESC receives the application; or

        (b)     if, before the end of that period, the ESC requires the applicant to give further information in relation to the application, within the period of 60 days after the applicant gave the ESC the information.

    (11)     As soon as practicable after granting or refusing the application, the ESC must notify the applicant in writing of the ESC's decision.



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