To participate under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target, accredited power stations must meet ongoing compliance requirements under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 (the Act) and the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 (the Regulations). This includes:
In addition, the improper creation of large-scale generation certificates is an offence under the Act.
The Clean Energy Regulator has a proactive policy for monitoring and ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Act and Regulations. Ongoing compliance by accredited power stations is monitored by the Clean Energy Regulator, and supplemented by reporting requirements. This includes:
If the Clean Energy Regulator identifies any alleged, potential or apparent breaches under the Act, any response or action taken will be in accordance with the agency’s compliance and enforcement approach. This may include suspending a power station for failing to meet ongoing accreditation requirements under the Act. A power station cannot create large-scale generation certificates for any period of suspension.
See our Compliance, Education and Enforcement Policy for more information.
Section 20 of the Act requires all accredited power stations to submit an electricity generation return by close of business 14 February each year (or where this falls on a weekend, the following business day). Regulation 18 of the Regulations outlines the information required in the EGR.
EGRs are a critical measure to ensure ongoing compliance with the Renewable Energy Target. EGRs are used to confirm details of accredited power stations and ensure power stations are receiving the correct large-scale generation certificate entitlement.
A nominated person for a power station must submit an EGR covering the period from the date of accreditation to 31 December, and each full year they remain operating in the scheme. The nominated person as at 31 December is responsible for providing the EGR for the power station for the entire year, including any period previously under another nominated person.
Before commencing an EGR submission, power stations should ensure the following details are correct in the REC Registry:
Learn more about submitting an electricity generation return through the REC Registry.
For instructions on completing your EGR, please review the Lodging your Electricity Generation Return page.
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