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CT3 - 2nd Plenary Meeting in Zagreb

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Highlights Core Theme 3: Guarantees of Origin and Disclosure

Headline 1: Conversion and its Consequences: From RES Electricity to Other Forms of Energy and Vice Versa

CT3 participants followed up on the issue presented at the last meeting in Bratislava. As more and more countries think about or are currently implementing other GO-systems for renewable energy, in parallel to the GO for Renewable Electricity, participants discussed common principles which could bring solutions to the risk of double counting (including double selling) of renewable energy when one energy vector is converted into another. It was agreed that the prevention of double counting is important for all energy vectors and it was acknowledged that GOs contribute to achieve solid statistics. As the issue of sector coupling gains more importance, participants highlighted that further interaction and coordination between the Core Themes will be needed in the future, for example in the form of joint sessions.

Headline 2: Status of GO and Disclosure Implementation and Remaining Challenges (including EU disclosure 2016)

During the second CT3 session, the 2016 total supplier energy mix (usually named ‘disclosure’), based on residual mix calculations, for each member-state was presented by an external representative from the Association of Issuing Bodies. E-Control, the Austrian energy regulator, provided valuable insights into the Austrian approach to disclosure. Out of its experience, requiring cancellation of GOs for all consumed electricity (“full disclosure”) clearly appears to be easier than using residual mix.

Headline 3: On Varied Methods of Financing the GO System between Member States

During the 3rd session, CT3 participants shared their knowledge about current practices on methods for financing the GO system. Most countries apply transaction fees, from which there is a large variety, some add an entrance fee or a yearly contribution, and a minority of systems are being funded by taxes, levies or surcharges. Furthermore, the running costs of the GO system (installation, registration, etc.), which are currently being financed differently amongst European countries, were intensely discussed.