The NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) is a NSW Government scheme designed to reduce electricity consumption by creating financial incentives for organisations to invest in projects that save energy. Energy savings are achieved by installing, improving or replacing energy savings equipment.  

When businesses invest in reducing their energy use, an Accredited Certificate Provider would be able to create energy savings certificates depending on the MWh of energy the upgrade saves. Then, Electricity retailers, who are mandatory scheme participants, buy the energy savings certificates to meet their own legislated targets.

The Energy Savings Scheme is governed by NSW legislation.