Information & Resources
The Energy Efficiency Council is a forum for companies, governments and other organisations to pool their knowledge and expertise in energy efficiency.
The EEC's Board and staff work collaboratively with experts, partners and members bring together hundreds of years of collective experience in energy efficiency to provide the sector with:
- Recommendations for government policy
- Best practice guides
- Standard documents
- Insight to the latest policy developments and programs
- Information and updates for the media
Best Practice Guides
The Energy Efficiency Council offers a range of free best practice guides to help organisations improve their energy efficiency.
Best Practice Guide to Combined Heat and Power - Workshop Report on Best Practice and Emissions Allocation Protocol
The Energy Efficiency Council undertook a workshop mid 2013 on best practice cogeneration and the development of an emissions allocation protocol. The Energy Efficiency Council was supported to develop this document and delivering the workshop associated with the document by the Australian Government's Enterprise Connect through the Clean Technology Focus for Supply Chain program.
Download the CHP Best Practice and Emissions Allocation Protocol Workshop Report.
Best Practice Guide to Energy Efficiency in Government Operations
Governments can save millions of dollars by reducing their energy use. However, global and local experience shows that governments need to have a clear, whole-of-government process to make substantial improvements in energy efficiency. In 2011 the Government Property Group (GPG) and the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) jointly developed a guidance paper that sets out the principles for successful programs to drive energy efficiency in government operations.
Download the Guidance Paper: Integrated Energy Efficiency Retrofits and Energy Performance Contracting
Best Practice Guide to Energy Performance Contracts
This guide helps businesses through the process of Energy Performance Contracts, including:
- An overview of Energy Performance Contracting
- A tool to determine whether Energy Performance Contracting is the best way for your organisation to improve its energy efficiency
- A step-by-step process for setting your goals, hiring an Energy Service Company, scoping your project and setting up a contract
- A plain English guide to understanding and using the Standard Detailed Facility Study Agreement and the National Standard Energy Performance Contract
Download the Best Practice Guide to Energy Performance Contracts
Best Practice Guide to Measurement and Verification of Energy Savings
Many factors can influence how much energy a facility uses, such as technology, weather and the number of staff using a site. As a result, working out how much energy an energy efficiency upgrade is saving requires more than just metering. Energy professionals need to use accurate measurement and repeatable methodology, known as a measurement and verification protocol.
This Guide presents a basic framework and methodologies for measurement and verification, to help energy efficiency service providers and customers understand the key issues for determining how successful a project has been.
Download the Best Practice Guide to Measurement and Verification of Energy Savings
The New South Wales Government has developed a detailed Measurement & Verification Operational Guide.
Download the M&V Operational Guide
The Energy Efficiency Council advises that individuals interested in becoming measurement and verification professionals will require additional specialist knowledge, skills and experience.
Click here to find out about the Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) training and examinations program
To help organisations engage energy service companies (ESCOs) on fair terms, a set of standard contractual agreements have been developed:
- Standard Detailed Facility Study Agreement
- Standard Energy Performance Contract
These documents have been reviewed and have received widespread endorsement by many stakeholders, including the ESCO industry, relevant Commonwealth and State Government departments, and private and public sector facility owners and operators. They are intended as standard templates for negotiating and implementing successful Energy Performance Contracts.
Review and full copies of the contracts are available from the EEC for purchase.
Review copies of the Standard Detailed Facility Study Agreement and Standard Energy Performance Contract allow organisations to better understand Energy Performance Contracts before negotiations.
Review copies are $300+GST for the pair. Review copies cannot be used for contracts.
Full copies are also available. The price of full copies of the Standard Detailed Facility Study Agreement and Standard Energy Performance Contract vary:
For EEC Sponsor Members:
- For government clients - $2,000+GST per contract
- For private sector clients - $1,000+GST per contact
For other EEC Members:
- For government clients - $2,500+GST per contract
- For private sector clients - $2,500+GST per contact
- For government clients - $5,000+GST per contract
- For private sector clients - $5,000+GST per contact
For more information or to order full or review copies, please, email the EEC at firstname.lastname@example.org
Energy Audit Standards
Accurate and consistent energy auditing is critical to the uptake and quality of energy efficiency projects as it is often used as the basis for business case justification, project design and as a baseline to measure savings post-upgrade.
In 2014, Standards Australia released the new standard for energy auditing: AS/NZS 3598:2014, which sets out minimum requirements for commissioning and conducting three prescribed types of audits that identify opportunities for cost effective investments to improve energy performance.
Unlike the previous standard, the new standard is actually a series of standards focused on particular economic sectors:
- 3598.1 Energy audits – Commercial buildings
- 3598.2 Energy audits – Industrial and related activities
- 3598.3 Energy audits – Transport related activities
The new series of standards are a significant revision to the previous standard, AS/NZS 3598:2000. They are more rigorous, are outcomes-based and are focused on providing audit customers actionable energy conservation measures.
You can read more on the Standards at www.eex.gov.au.