Register for Certificates of Origin for Electricity from Renewable Sources Started Operations on 1 January 2013

On 1 January 2013 the register for certificates of origins for electricity from renewable sources started operating at the Federal Environment Agency (UBA).

The registry was set up in accordance with Section 55 para. 3 Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and the Ordinance on Certificates of Origin for Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources (Verordnung über Herkunftsnachweise für Strom aus erneuerbaren Energien – HkNV). HkNV entered into force in December 2011, transposing Article 15 Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources into German law.

Producers of electricity generated from renewable energy sources have to register with the UBA registry if they want to sell electricity directly with certificates of origin instead of receiving fixed feed-in tariffs pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) or claiming a market premiumin in the sense of Section 33b no. 1 EEG in connection with Section 33g EEG for electricity that is directly marketed. UBA supervises direct marketing of electricity with certificates of origin, thus ensuring compliance with Article 15 para. 2 Directive 2009/28/EC which stipulates that Member States shall ensure that the same unit of energy from renewable sources is taken into account only once. In accordance with the Directive, a guarantee of origin will be issued in the standard size of 1 MWh (cf. Section 3 para. 2 sent. 1 HkNR). It will be cancelled after use or twelve month after generation (cf. Section 3 para. 4 sent. 1 HkNR).

UBA will also be the competent body for certificates of origin from foreign states respectively domestic certificates of origin that are sold abroad (import and export of certificates). The agency informed that it is currently in the process of developing criteria for mutual recognition of certificates with the other national registers in Europe.

Source: Federal Environment Agency

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