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Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme

22 June 2015

Auditing Advice
DECC have produced a document on “Approachesto ESOS Audits”. This is intended to give supportive ‘best-practice’ advice on how to use ESOS’s flexible framework to maximise cost saving benefits for you rorganisation. It is not mandatory and does not replace the Environment Agency’s ESOS Compliance Guidance.The DECC guidance was developed in response to feed back from business requesting more detailed advice on practical approaches to undertaking ESOS audits.

DECC have also recently published an “SME Guide to Energy Efficiency”. This is not directly related to ESOS.  It offers general energy efficiency guidance for SMEs, but may nevertheless be of interest to some ESOS participants. The guide provides simple advice on how to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption.

Do you want to be a lead assessor?
There are now over 700 approved lead assessors withmany more in the application process. If you are anenergy manager for your organisation you may wish to consider becoming a lead assessor. If you have atleast two years energy auditing and assessmentexperience, and skills and experience aligned to thoseset out in PAS51215, you can apply to join one of the approved registers and review your own organisation’s and others’ ESOS assessments.

ESOS Compliance Guidance
We have made some minor amendments to the ESOS Compliance Guidance document. Version 2 is now available and the changes are summarised in the version control table near the front of the document.

Higher Education Institutions
Following recent enquiries we can confirm that student loans are treated as private financing for the purpose of determining qualification for ESOS. This is in linewith Article 3 (w) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 and Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012. The status of student loans as private financing applies even where tuition fees are paid straight from the applicable government owned loan company to the higher education institution.

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