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Eligible energy sources

08 October 2019
RET

Power stations must generate electricity from an eligible renewable energy source to be eligible for accreditation. Common types of eligible renewable energy sources are solar, wind and landfill gas.

The types of eligible renewable energy sources, and ineligible energy sources, are listed in section 17 of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 (REE Act). 

Power stations using a mix of renewable energy sources and fossil fuels to generate electricity are eligible for accreditation. Large-scale generation certificates (LGCs) can however only be created in relation to electricity generated from the power station's eligible energy sources.

You must identify any fuel sources used by the power station in your application for accreditation. You must also demonstrate how you will account for electricity generated from ineligible energy sources in your LGC methodology.

Additionally, some eligible renewable energy sources have a specified meaning under the REE Act and Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 (Regulations). These meanings and criteria determine whether an energy source comes within a specified meaning, and are included in Part 2, Division 2.2 of the Regulations For these energy sources, applicants are required to provide supporting documentation demonstrating that the fuel source meets requirements set out in the Regulations.​

Regulatory guidance

Energy sources used by accredited power stations

A list of accredited power stations is available on the Register of accredited power stations.

The following table lists the 19 eligible categories for renewable energy sources as outlined in the REE Act:

Renewable power station energy sources​
Hydr​o
Wave
Tide
Ocean
Wind
Solar
Geothermal-aquifer​​​
Hot dry rock
Energy crops
Wood waste
Agricultural waste
Waste from processing of agricultural products
Food waste
Food processing waste
Bagasse
Black liquor 
Biomass-​based components of municipal solid waste
Landfill gas
Sewage gas and biomass based components of sewage
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