This section of the report describes the Clean Energy Regulator’s achievements against the performance indicators and deliverables for Program 1.1: Clean Energy Regulator, as published in the
2012–13 Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Budget Statements.
The Clean Energy Regulator’s progress in meeting the performance indicators is outlined in Table 3.1.
The Clean Energy Regulator received 127 Jobs and Competitiveness Program applications. Of those, 123 were approved and four were pending decision at 30 June 2013. All applications were processed within legislated timeframes.
A total of 89,421,555 free carbon units were issued in the first allocation of free carbon units in respect of the approved applications. The second allocation of free carbon units in respect of the approved applications will occur in 2013–14.
In April 2013, the Clean Energy Regulator applied the Annual Power System Reliability Test as part of the requirements of the Energy Security Fund; all of the nine eligible generation complexes passed. The first issue of free carbon units under the fund, to eligible and compliant coal-fired generation complexes, will occur in September 2013.
Applications under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program and the Energy Security Fund were supported by reasonable assurance audits undertaken by qualified assurance providers in accordance with the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Audit Framework which the Clean Energy Regulator administers.
The Clean Energy Regulator issued 1,750,179 Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) under the Carbon Farming Initiative, of which 97.31 per cent were surrendered by entities liable under the carbon pricing mechanism. The Clean Energy Regulator recognised 173 offsets entities and declared 68 projects eligible.
All applications for certificates of entitlement and declarations of eligible offsets projects, and 96 per cent of applications for recognition as an offsets entity, were processed within legislated timeframes. Every application for declaration of an eligible offsets project was accompanied by an independent reasonable assurance audit report following an audit undertaken by a registered greenhouse and energy auditor.
The Clean Energy Regulator worked with stakeholders to support compliant participation in the Carbon Farming Initiative through a series of 16 workshops and three interactive webinars conducted around Australia.
The Clean Energy Regulator publishes the Register of Offsets Projects on its website. The register provides public information about eligible offsets projects, including the project type and number of ACCUs issued for each project.
The Clean Energy Regulator published four quarterly reports on the numbers of ACCUs issued on its website.
The Clean Energy Regulator collected data under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme and made it available to the Department for use in meeting Australia’s international greenhouse reporting obligations.
The Clean Energy Regulator also made data available to a range of government agencies to inform policy development and support Australia’s energy reporting obligations. The agencies included the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics.
During 2012–13, 218 audits were completed under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Audit Framework. This included 45 audits initiated by the Clean Energy Regulator as part of the annual National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme audit program, as well as audits covering applications under the Carbon Farming Initiative, applications under the Jobs and Competiveness Program, and applications for partial exemption under the Renewable Energy Target.
Under the Renewable Energy Target, an assessment period is 1 January to 31 December. Annual compliance statements, energy acquisition statements or renewable energy shortfall statements for 2011 were assessed by 9 August 2012. Two liable entities under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target were audited. Annual compliance statements for 2012 were still being assessed at 30 June 2013.
A total of 3,349 inspections of small-scale generation units were completed in accordance with section 23AA of the
Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000.
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