A central function of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) Program was for participants to conduct rigorous and comprehensive assessments of energy use across a controlling corporation and its group members, to identify cost-effective energy savings and efficiency opportunities with up to a four-year payback.

To ensure assessments were rigorous and comprehensive, the corporation and responsible entities were legislatively required to meet the actions (formerly requirements) in the six requirements (formerly key elements) of the Assessment Framework. These elements were prescribed in the EEO Regulations amendments (2013).

The Assessment Framework was made up of six requirements (formerly key elements), each containing:

  •  actions – the specific actions and outputs controlling corporations needed to meet in order to demonstrate they had satisfied the intent of each requirement
  •  evidence – corporations needed to keep evidence that they had met the actions for verification purposes (the Assessment Framework identified the types of evidence to be documented).

Note that the EEO Assessment Handbook provides illustration of how to conduct assessments in accordance with the Assessment Framework.