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Production calculation method

31 July 2019

Applications for emissions-intensive trade-exposed activity exemption certificates

From 1 August, companies who conduct eligible emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities can apply for exemption certificates for 2020 in the Client Portal.

Information and resources for applying for exemption certificates using the electricity use method will be updated shortly.

Please contact us for more information.


Under the Renewable Energy Target, companies who conduct eligible emissions-intensive trade-exposed (EITE) activities can apply for exemption certificates.

In 2019 applicants can decide if they would like to use the original production calculation method or the electricity use method. Information below is on the production calculation method.

All applicants must use the electricity use method from 2020. Applicants that use more than 2000 gigawatt hours (GWh) in 2018 for EITE activities at a site need to use the electricity use method in 2019.

How to apply

The 2019 exemption certificate application form and guidelines for the production calculation method is now available. The legislated closing date for applications is 1 April 2019. No extensions can be granted.

In addition to the standard application form, the Clean Energy Regulator may, depending on your circumstances, also require other forms to be completed as part of the application process.

Completed applications and accompanying documentation can be emailed or posted as detailed in the form.

Submitting a validly made application for exemption

We will only assess validly made applications for exemption certificates. Validly made applications must be accurately completed and contain all information required in the application forms in accordance with relevant provisions in the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 (the Act) and the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 (the Regulations). This includes any documentation that supports the application.

To ensure that an application for an exemption certificate is a validly made application, applicants should familiarise themselves with relevant parts of the Act and the Regulations before applying for an exemption certificate.

If an application is not validly made, we will advise the applicant in writing and provide reasons why it is not a validly made application.

  • The applicant may re-submit an application for assessment before the legislated deadline.
  • Where applications are not validly made and the deadline has passed, no further assessment will be undertaken.

It is recommended that you submit your application early in 2019​ to allow sufficient time to assess whether your application is validly made.

We will not issue Requests for Further Information for applications not validly made.

Issuing exemption certificates

An exemption certificate is issued to a company who made an application (referred to as the prescribed person), to exempt electricity used in the eligible emissions-intensive trade-exposed activity conducted at a site in the year listed on the certificate.

Each exemption certificate provides the exemption amount, in megawatt hours (MWh).

Audit requirements

Applications for exemption must also include an audit report if:

The audit report must comply with the requirements of regulation 22UB of the regulations.

An audit must be completed by one of the following persons:

  • an authorised audit company under section 1299C of the Corporations Act 2001
  • a person who is a registered auditor under section 1280 of the Corporations Act 2001, or
  • a ‘registered greenhouse and energy auditor’ within the meaning of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007, who is registered as a Category 2 auditor under the Nation Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Regulations 2008.

The audit report guideline for exemption certificate applications is available to assist you and your auditor to prepare an audit report.

To learn more about the requirement for applications to include an audit report, see paragraph 46A(2)(bb) of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 and Subdivision BA of Division 4 of Part 3A of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001.

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