Engage Victoria is currently consulting on proposed changes to the VEU program affecting solar and heat pump water heaters. This article describes the proposed changes to the VEU program.
Key differences between testing standard AS/NZS 4234:2008 and AS/NZS 4234:2021
New gas replacement activities will be introduced into the VEU program in the first half of 2023:
Only medium load size is eligible for these scenarios, and products must be registered to AS/NZS 4234:2021 to be eligible.
From the end of 2023, only heat pump water heater (HPWH) products with a refrigerant global warming potential (GWP) lower than 700 will be eligible for installation. This means products that use refrigerants such as R-134a and R-410a will be ineligible for installation.
By the 30th April 2023, Activities that incentivise replacing inefficient electric water heaters with gas water heaters (1A, 1B, 1F and 3B) will be removed from the VEU program. Existing registrations will not be removed.
The Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is voluntary initiative that provides subsidies for residential and business consumers to reduce their energy use by upgrading products. VEECs (Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates) are awarded to eligible products based on their efficiency. Each VEEC represents one tonne of greenhouse gas emissions saved over the lifetime of the activity or product installed.
EnergyAE specialises in helping manufacturers to register their product onto the VEU Registry efficiently. We provide the following VEU related services:
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