POLICY AND REGULATORY

FRAMEWORK FOR ENERGY
EFFICIENCY STANDARDS
AND LABELLING

Detlef Loy
Consultant
CREDP/GIZ

ECELP Policy Workshop
25 February 2013
Rodney Ba y, St. Lucia

ECELP PROJECT SETUP
 Implemented by
OECS Secretariat and CREDP-GIZ

 Participating
countries and
sponsors:

 Timeframe: January 2012 – December
2013

STRUCTURE OF PRESENTATION
 Current National Policies
 CARICOM Regional Policy
 General Policy basis for Standards and
Labelling
 Display of Labels
 DSM activities
 Short- and medium-term policies
 Accompanying measures
 Discussion points

NATIONAL POLICIES
 Banning of ineffi cient light bulbs (SVG)
 Preventing import of low-quality CFLs (SVG)
 Labelling of appliances (SVG, SKN, DOM,
GND)
 Restricted import of non-complying
appliances or extra-taxation (SVG, SKN)
 Consumer information and awareness (SKN,
DOM, GND, ANT)
 Fiscal/fi nancial incentives for EE equipment
(SKN, DOM, GND)
 Demand Side Management programme
(SLU, SKN)

CARICOM ENERGY POLICY (DRAFT)
Member States will ….

conduct
Demand
programmes;

Side

Management

support the development and implementation of a
Regional Strategy on Energy Efficiency;

establish a regional collaboration mechanism with
organizations such as CROSQ for the creation and
implementation of standards and labeling for
energy
consuming
equipment,
electrical
appliances and vehicles and adopt and enforce
such strategies at a national level;

enact energy efficiency legislation;

GENERAL POLICY BASIS FOR S&L
 Standards and Labelling should be
part of a wider Energy Effi ciency
Policy and Energy Effi ciency Act.
 Minimum Energy Performance
Standards should ban low-effi cient
appliances from the market (step-wise
approach).
 Labelling should become mandatory
with clear indication of starting dates.

OBLIGATION FOR RETAILERS ON
DISPLAY OF LABELS (I)
 Content:
 Labels will have to be displayed on all selected
appliances if country of original destination requests a
mandatory label.
Question: Is this suffi ciently precise to prevent loopholes
?
 Information on energy consumption has to be included
in all promotional campaigns (e.g. newspaper ads and
TV spots).
 Retailers (or manufacturers ?) have to “translate” EE
labels into commonly understood and comparable
parameters, using conversion factors for
refrigerators/freezers measured under diff erent testing
conditions and using average household tariff s
applicable in the Member States (or average for all
OECS countries = about 1 EC$/kWh).

NON-COMPARABLE LABELS
US tariff
rates


Measured
under
different
conditions

OBLIGATION FOR RETAILERS ON
DISPLAY OF LABELS (II)
Implementation:
 Either regulated within the labeling
standards (see the EU example; could be
problematic due to the restrictions of BoS
mandates),
 or within specifi c consumer protection bills,
 or within new Energy Effi ciency Act.
Question: How can we best include existing
(foreign) labels ?

MANDATORY DEMAND SIDE MANAGEMENT
ACTIVITIES BY UTILITIES (I)
Information
 Obligation to inform their customers about
energy saving measures on or with their
regular bills and through other means.
 Obligation to inform in their billing offi ces
or other locations about energy-effi cient
appliances.
 Will be mandated to include in their
consumer bills graphical or written
information about the historical
development of the household energy
consumption (see LUCELEC).

MANDATORY DEMAND SIDE MANAGEMENT
ACTIVITIES BY UTILITIES (II)

Example: Temporary
showroom of VINLEC
2012/2013

MANDATORY DEMAND SIDE MANAGEMENT
ACTIVITIES BY UTILITIES (III)
 Will provide information on the related CO 2 emissions on the consumer bills.
Investments/Financing
 Will be obliged to spend at least 0.5% of
their revenues for energy-saving measures
on the demand side (e.g. EC$ 1.6 million in
the case of LUCELEC).
 At least 50% of this accumulated fund
money should be targeted at low-income
households, e.g. for supporting the
purchase of effi cient appliances.

MANDATORY DEMAND SIDE MANAGEMENT
ACTIVITIES BY UTILITIES (IV)

Measures may require the amendment
of Electricity Supply Acts or have
to be mandated by Regulatory
Bodies.

SHORT-TERM POLICIES (I)
OECS level
1. Requirement for consumer information
on CFL quality aspects on packages
(starting 2014)
2. Step-wise banning of incandescent
light bulbs (3-year transition period,
2014-2016)
3. Mandatory display (and interpretation)
of imported labels (starting 2014)

SHORT-TERM POLICIES (II)
National levels
1. BoS will be allowed to execute
random EE testing, inform about
results and advise consumers on
energy-effi cient appliances (may
require amendment of Standards
Acts)
2. Energy Supply Acts will be
amended to oblige utilities to execute
DSM programmes and recover costs
incurred.

MEDIUM-TERM POLICIES
OECS / CARICOM level
 Introduction of mandatory regional
label and minimum effi ciency
standards for
 Refrigerators/freezers (2015)
 TV sets (2015)
 Air-conditioners (2016)
 Fans (2017)

ACCOMPANYING MEASURES
OECS (and/or national governments)
1. Sets up website that informs
consumers about energy-effi cient
products and saving potentials
2. Provides information on energy
consumption of existing appliances
and assists with energy saving
calculator
3. Will support awareness raising
campaigns

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DISCUSSION
 Presented recommendations for policy and
legislation in the regional context
 Presented recommendations for policy and
legislation in the individual countries’ context
 Approaches to establish a regulatory
framework in accordance with the presented
policy and legislation proposals
 Next steps

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
 How can import of low-effi cient or non-labelled
appliances be prevented ?
 Is it feasible to ask for quality information on all CFL
packages ?
 Is it realistic to ban incandescent light bulbs ?
 What could be the future role of BoS in S&L ? Do they
need a specifi c mandate, e.g. for doing random
testing and providing consumer information ?
 How can obligation for display of labels be enacted
and enforced ?
 Is common approach within OECS/CARICOM for
harmonized regional S&L realistic ?