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CT3 - 4th Plenary Meeting in Vienna

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Highlights Core Theme 3: Guarantees of Origin and Disclosure

Headline 1: Commercial Offers and Non-Tracked Electricity

During the first session on Guarantees of Origin and Disclosure, CT3 participants discussed how suppliers demonstrate the source of the power supplied to consumers when the commercial offer is based on non-tracked electricity (i.e. on a residual mix). By sharing current practices, participating Member States came to the conclusion that this is currently being handled differently in each Member State, even between those countries that use the figures of the EU Residual Mix. This situation was recognized as causing a high risk of double counting and immediately calls for more coordination among bodies competent for disclosure in Member States. There is a strong need for more transparency on the assumptions for the European attribute mix as well as harmonisation of accounting for imports or exports to/from third countries, the impacts of “ex domain cancellations” as well as the ripple effects of one or several Member States using regional mixes like the Nordic mix or a mix for a regulation zone. Potentially insufficient (or maybe even the total absence of) regular compliance checks of disclosure statements was also identified as a risk for the EU-wide system and needs more coordination. Participants also stated that guidance about disclosure practices by the Commission would be highly appreciated  (e.g. what is the minimum standard).

Headline 2: Update on the Latest RES Policies and Developments in the Fields of GO and Disclosure

This session was dedicated to look at the provisions on Guarantees of Origin and disclosure in the RED II and discuss future related challenges.  The new directive requires mandatory issuance of GOs at the request of producers of RES of electricity, H&C or gas (including hydrogen). Members States can decide whether or not to issue a GO for energy benefitting from a support scheme but when GOs are issued for supported energy there is a need to avoid double compensation. CT3 participants concluded that the consequences of the revised article 19, especially the interactions between the various vectors and also with other articles, would need to be looked at more closely during future Plenary Meetings. In particular, participants identified several issues regarding implementation that should be explored in more detail, including the timeline for GOs and disclosure, sector coupling (RES electricity, combined heat and power, biogas, heating and cooling), and labelling. 

Headline 3: Electricity Labelling

The final session of CT3 looked at the existing good practices for labelling electricity for consumers in the participating Member States. Electricity labels provide a more explicit view of the electricity supplied and more adequate third-party controlled information for the consumer as to the electricity that he/she should buy (or was actually supplied). This assessment of the state-of-play in the Member States showed that in some countries electricity labelling is already used in practice, while there is currently no demand for such labelling in others. In addition, participants assessed the advantages and disadvantages of labelling electricity, while also attempting to outline a definition of electricity labelling.