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APX System to Verify Compliance for Renewable Energy

The power pool in the northeast United States will launch a new program to verify compliance with environmental regulations among the six states that are their members.

SANTA CLARA, California, US, 2001-11-15 [] New England Power Pool has chosen APX to administer the program involving the transmission system and wholesale power markets in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Environmental regulations for power generation that have been set by the individual states include renewable portfolio standards with minimum purchase levels for retailers; disclosure regulations that require retailers to describe the fuel source and other characteristics of the electricity they sell; and programs that limit pollutant emissions. APX, an independent provider of market services, will develop and operate an Internet-based generation information system that will enable generators, wholesale suppliers and retail operations to track, manage and report compliance with state environmental standards. Generators will track their fuel types and emissions, and transfer electronic certificates to power retailers to verify fuel types, emissions and other characteristics. Generators, wholesale suppliers and retailers will access their account statements and other information on an Internet portal, which will save time in record keeping and preparation of compliance reports for the appropriate state agencies. The selection of APX is the result of a two-year cooperative effort among NEPOOL, ISO New England and representatives of state energy and environmental agencies throughout New England. APX has been awarded a five-year contract for the service. “This system will be the first in the U.S. to track all types of generation, not just renewable power,” says Dennis Duffy, chair of NEPOOL’s GIS advisory committee. “Following a thorough evaluation of vendor proposals received, we concluded that the APX approach best meets our needs for streamlining the process of tracking and verifying compliance with regulations in our region.” The system is scheduled to become operational next year. Similar systems developed by APX include a Texas Renewable Energy Credit program delivered in April; a renewable energy credit system developed in 1998 to support the green power market in California; and a renewable energy credit system developed last year to support the green power market in Illinois and Ohio. “Complex reporting and verification needs in power markets require efficient infrastructure services,” says APX CEO John Yurkanin.