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An aggregated small energy users project involves offering goods and services to a large group of small energy users, such as households and small businesses, to help them reduce their consumption of grid electricity and natural gas. In doing so, the project will help reduce the amount of greenhouse gas entering the atmosphere. The project will also help households and small businesses save money on their energy bills.
Requirement for an accredited statisticianThe aggregated small energy users method requires you to engage a statistician accredited by the Statistical Society of Australia Inc. If you are not willing to do this you cannot run an aggregated small energy users project.
The use of the aggregated small energy users method also requires a complex understanding of statistics, so you may need to seek additional statistical advice to establish and run your project.
As the project owner, you can choose which goods and services you offer provided they meet the requirements of the method. For example, you could offer to upgrade equipment such as lighting, change building elements such as draft seals, or provide information to influence household energy consumption behaviour.
You must also set up a control group: this is a group of small energy users who are not offered the chance to use your goods or services to reduce their energy use. The effectiveness of your project will be the difference between the amounts of energy the two groups use. It will be used to calculate the emissions abatement—which is based on the reduction in emissions from using your goods and services.
If the emissions of the treatment group (the group receiving your goods and services) are lower than the control group by a statistically significant amount, you can receive ACCUs representing the emissions reduction. To account for the variability of emissions between small energy users both the treatment and control groups may need to include tens of thousands of small energy users.
To conduct an aggregated small energy users project and earn ACCUs, make sure you read and understand the method and other legislative requirements. You will need to:
You must comply with relevant Commonwealth, state, territory, and local government laws and regulations when conducting your project, and you are advised to ensure that the goods and services you intend to deliver under the project are compliant with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements. Nothing in the method renders you immune from any other legal and regulatory requirements that could affect the conduct of the project. The Clean Energy Regulator will regard your compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements when conducting the project as a relevant factor in its assessment of you as a fit and proper person for the purposes of the Act.
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