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Renewable Energy Target

 
Deliverable:

Administration and regulation of national Renewable Energy Target schemes:

  • maintaining the large-scale generation certificates and small-scale technology certificates registries and small?scale technology certificates clearing house
  • validating liability transfer certificates and small-scale technology certificates
  • providing partial exemptions for the emissions-intensive trade-exposed industries.

The Clean Energy Regulator’s role in administering the Renewable Energy Target involved a range of activities between 2 April and 30 June 2012. In particular:

  • more than 80 liable entities lodged their annual acquisition statements for the 2011 compliance year
  • 12 renewable energy power stations were accredited, bringing the total number of accredited renewable energy power stations to 358 since 2001 (this includes seven power stations using waste coal mine gas)
  • 130 applications for partial exemption certificates were lodged by the legislated deadlines, and 80 certificates were issued, collectively providing more than 30 000 gigawatt hours of partial exemption (details of the certificates that were issued were published on the Clean Energy Regulator’s website within 14 days)
  • 11 135 226 small-scale technology certificates were validated
  • 322 applications for individuals or companies to become ‘registered persons’ under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 were processed, bringing the total number of registered persons to 6654
  • 76 applications to become ‘agents’ under the Act were processed, bringing the total number of agents to 1227.

The Clean Energy Regulator’s role in enforcing the provisions of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 included:

  • investigating 37 possible breaches of the Act; of those, seven were finalised and two were referred to the Australian Federal Police and New South Wales Police
  • executing one monitoring warrant
  • pursuing one civil proceeding that had been initiated by the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator.

One conviction was recorded in relation to a matter investigated prior to 2 April 2012.

The Clean Energy Regulator engaged with a variety of renewable energy stakeholders during the reporting period. This included holding a series of workshops for registered agents and installers of solar water heaters and small?scale solar, wind and hydro-electricity generation systems. The workshops, held in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, communicated the changes resulting from the transition of responsibilities from the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator to the Clean Energy Regulator, and other administrative updates and recommendations. Feedback from registered agents and installers showed that the workshops were well received, particularly because the participants had the opportunity to discuss administrative issues with Clean Energy Regulator staff, and because the content and messages presented were comprehensive, clear and educational.

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