Policy type

Utility obligations

Uruguay

Energy Efficiency Obligation

2016

In 1998, Uruguay introduced energy efficiency policy in order to create 437 GWh of energy savings per year, achieving an incremental energy savings of 0.94% per year in comparison to total fuel consumption. Electricity, natural gas and all other "burnable fuels" used in all sectors are covered in this policy. The obligated parties include energy utility companies. The utilities are required to allocated 0.13% of sales to energy efficiency. There are no specific eligible energy efficiency measures. Energy savings are certified by an IPMVP certified professional.

Luxembourg

Energy Efficiency Obligation

2015

The obligation seeks to achieve energy savings by 2016 of 285 381 MWh final energy per year. All suppliers of electricity and natural gas serving residential, service sector and industrial customers, located in Luxembourg, are declared obligated parties by regulation. Also, they are assigned a public service task to achieve energy savings targets imposed by the Article 7 of the Directive in Luxemburg.

Belgium

Brussels-Capital Region: Apply PEB Requirements Comparable to the Passive Concept for All New Constructions by 2015

2015

In 2011, the Government set new threshold requirements for energy performance and interior climate of buildings, aiming at standards comparable to the passive concept for new buildings allocated to housing, schools, and office and service activities for 2015. This new decree abrogates the previous one and represents a genuinely ambitious advance.

Austria

Austrian Energy Efficiency Law

2014

A new law, the Federal Energy Efficiency Act, was adopted on July 9th, 2014, with the required constitutional majority in the National Council and was published on August 11th, 2014. In this new Austrian Energy Efficiency Law, which is now already implemented and also in force, the national energy efficiency headline target -  the Austrian final energy consumption must not exceed 1.050 PJ in 2020 - is set out.

Austria will reach this target by:

Slovenia

Energy Efficiency Obligation

2014

In 2014, Slovenia introduced an energy efficiency obligation scheme that seeks to achieve cumulative savings between 2014 and 2020 of 4 263 GWh. All sectors and fuels are subject to this obligation. Eligible energy efficiency measures include technologies determined by legislation including building fabric; heating system; district heating; measures in the transport sector, and energy management.

Malta

Energy Efficiency Obligation

2014

In 2014, Malta introduced energy efficiency obligations targeting energy savings between 2014 to 2020 of 111.6 GWh in final energy. This policy covers residential gas and electricity. Eligible energy efficiency measures include installing smart meters and rising block tariffs.

Monitoring and verification appears to be top-down evaluations of energy consumption before and after measures. The obligated party is Enemalta Corporation which is the monopoly distributor. Penalties can be up to EUR 100 000 total or EUR 600 for each day of non-compliance. 

Spain

Energy Efficiency Obligation

2014

In 2014, Spain introduced energy efficiency obligations in order to attain a cumulative energy savings of 6 356 ktoe over 2014 to 2020.

All sectors fall under obligations with fuel coverage including electricity, gas, oil products, and LPG. Obligated parties include suppliers of electricity and natural gas, and wholesale retailers of oil products and LPG; small suppliers and retailers are exempt.

Bulgaria

Energy efficiency target declared by Bulgaria under the EU Directive (2012/27/EU)

2013

Under the EU Directive (2012/27/EU), Bulgaria set a target to increase energy efficiency by 25% until 2020 (5 Mtoe primary energy savings in 2020) and to reduce energy intensity by 50% until 2020 compared to 2005 levels.

Australia

Australian Capital Territory Energy Efficiency Obligation

2013

In 2013, the government of the Australian Captial Territory introduced an energy efficiency obligation for the residential sector and small-to-medium enterprises. Obligated parties include Tier 1 electricity and gas retailers with more than 5 000 customers and 500 000 MWh annual sales; Tier 2 electricity and gas retailers that do not meet the thresholds for Tier 1.

The obligation seeks to achieve 8.6% of electricity and gas sales in the Australian Capital Territory. 20% of energy savings must be achieved in lowincome households.No specific energy efficiency measures are cited.

Poland

Energy Efficiency Obligation

2013

In 2013, the Polish government introduced energy efficiency obligations which target energy savings of 2 645 Mtoe between 2016 and 2020.

The obligation covers all sectors except transport. Electricity, gas and district heating are the fuel targets. Obligated parties include electricity, natural gas and district heating companies selling to final consumers, members of a commodities exchange and commodity brokerage houses.

Indonesia

Energy Management Regulation (Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, No. 14/2012)

2012

The Energy Management Regulation (No. 14/2012) implements the Government Regulation of the Republic of Indonesia No. 70/2009 on Energy Conservation. It establishes provisions for energy preservation and management by improving efficiency in energy use and control over its consumption, in order to achieve effective and rational use of energy resources. 

Energy consumers consuming more than 6000 toe per year are obliged to implement energy management:

Ireland

Irish Energy Efficiency Obligation

2012

In 2012, the Irish government introduced energy efficiency obligations which have an energy savings target per year between 2014-2020 of 550 GWh of primary energy per year. These obligations cover all sectors and fuels, energy suppliers that sell more than 600 GWh per year and importers of road transport fuel. 

Landscaping Standards

2011

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council has set mandatory landscaping standards for public and government-funded grounds, including use of drought-resistant plants and soft vs hard cover proportions.

United States

Wisconsin Energy Efficiency Obligation

2011

In 2011, the government of Wisconsin introduced an energy efficiency obligation for all sectors, covering electricity and gas. Obligated parties include electricity and natural gas utilities. The obligation seeks to achieve an energy savings per year of 1 063 GWh.

The current number of energy efficiency measures in Focus is 1 071. In addition there are 15 renewable energy measures. The current listing of those measures is in the TRM, which includes many but not all measures.

Canada

Saskatchewan Renewable Diesel Program

2011

Saskatchewan introduced a mandate for inclusion of 2% renewable content in the average annual diesel fuel pool for fuel distributors beginning July 1, 2012.

This Program supports production of renewable diesel. The incentive component provides 13 cents per litre of eligible renewable diesel to qualifying producers in Saskatchewan for use in all diesel fuel applications. The incentive program began April 1, 2011, and terminates March 31, 2016.

United States

Arkansas Energy Efficiency Obligation

2010

In 2010, the Arkansas government introduced an energy efficiency obligation for all sectors except transport, covering electricity and gas. The obligation seeks to achieve an energy savings of 249 GWh per year, and an incremental energy savings of 0.1% when compared to total fuel consumption.

Obligated parties include electricity and natural gas utilities. For programme year 2015, the base year for measurement is 2013. The target for electric utilities is 0.90% of 2013 sales, and the target for natural gas  utilities is 0.50% of 2013 sales.

Italy

Measures for increasing competition in the natural gas market and transferring the ensuing benefits to final customers

2010

Implementing the provisions of Law 99/2009 of 13 August 2010, the Italian Council of Ministers approved a Legislative Decree for introducing thresholds of wholesale market shares for operators feeding natural gas into the Italian transport network. This substitutes the existing antitrust ceilings introduced by Legislative Decree no. 164/2000 (which expired at the end of 2010), also identifying new measures for increasing competition in the natural gas market.

China

Energy Efficiency Obligation

2010

In 2010, China introduced energy efficiency obligations to attain 14 578 GWh of energy savings per year, achieving an incremental energy savings of 0.04% per year in comparison to total fuel consumption. Electricity used in all sectors are covered in this policy. The obligated parties include government-owned grid companies. Obligated grid companies must reach a savings a 0.3% of electricity sales in the previous year and a load reduction by at least 0.3% of maximum load in the previous year.

India

Mandatory use of Solar Water Heating Systems in Rajasthan

2010

The Energy department of Rajasthan has issued a notification No. F.20(6)Energy/98 dated July 14 for mandatory the use of Energy Efficient Lamp vide notification. The notification mandates the use of solar water heating systems in Industrial buildings where hot water is required for processing, all Government /Private Hospital and Nursing Homes, all hotels, Resorts, Motels, Banquet halls, Catering Units and Industrial Canteens, Residential buildings built up on a plot size of 500 Sq. Mtr.

United States

Arizona Energy Efficiency Obligation

2010

In 2010, the Arizona government introduced an energy efficiency obligation for all sectors except transport, covering electricity and gas. The obligation seeks to achieve cumulative energy savings with in the electricity and gas sector equal to 22% and 6% respectively of the previous year's sales by 2020. (The savings goals started in 2011 with an annual target of 1.25% for electricity and 0.5% for gas. The annual target increases over time to reach the cumulative goal by 2020.)

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