New Assurances for UK Renewable Energy

A new certification system that will provide a boost for renewable energy generators was set in motion by England’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

October 9, 2003 [] London, England – October 9, 2003 [] The Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) plan will enable renewable energy producers to show that their electricity comes from a green source. The offer will be open to all producers of green energy, including the smallest, domestic generators as well as large-scale hydro-electric power generators. It aims to encourage the development of renewable energy projects by enabling generators to provide their buyers with an assurance of the greenness of their product. Regulations recently laid out in Parliament, which will come into effect on October 27, will implement the plan required under the EU Renewables Directive. As a Europe-wide offer, it will help extend the credibility of UK generators when operating in continental markets. Once the Regulations come into force all producers of electricity from renewable energy sources will be able to request these electronic certificates, which will be issued by the energy regulator, Ofgem. The DTI said the plan will be particularly helpful to small generators which do not generate enough electricity to qualify for Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs). The REGOs will be issued in units of 1 kWh, and along with the proposals to relax the qualifying conditions for ROCs, this will make the scheme attractive to smaller generators. The plan will work alongside the existing ROCs which are only available to generators producing more than 0.5 MW per month from specified renewable sources.
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