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20 July 2016
RET

An exemption from RET liability is applied to electricity used in carrying out eligible emissions-intensive trade-exposed (EITE) activities.

Companies that conduct an eligible EITE activity may be issued with an exemption certificate by the Clean Energy Regulator. The exemption certificate may then be traded to their liable entity company to claim the reduction on their liable electricity for the year.

The amount of RET exemption and the list of companies issued with exemption certificates is published on the Clean Energy Regulator website each year.

Learn more about applying for an exemption certificate.

Increased rate of exemption

The EITE exemption rate was increased to 100 per cent by the Australian Government during 2015 to ease pressure on businesses undertaking EITE activities and to improve the competitiveness of Australian industry.

The new rate of exemption is to apply for the 2015 year and all subsequent years. Partial exemption certificates already issued for the 2015 year were amended by the Clean Energy Regulator to show a higher amount to reflect the 100 per cent rate of exemption.​

Claiming exemption to reduce liability

Liable entity companies that supply electricity to EITE companies may use exemption certificates to claim a reduction in their liable electricity under the Renewable Energy Target for the year.

The transfer of an exemption certificate is a matter for negotiation between the company and their liable entity. The Clean Energy Regulator does not have any role in overseeing this transaction.

The exemption amount shown on the certificate can be claimed by the liable entity through their energy acquisition statement which is lodged with the Clean Energy Regulator in February following the year that the exemption certificate is issued.

The need for independent advice

The Clean Energy Regulator recommends that exemption certificate applicants read the underpinning legislation for the Renewable Energy Target, and if necessary, seek their own legal advice prior to making an application.

For further information contact the Industry Assistance Schemes team by emailing industryassistanceschemes@cleanenergyregulator.gov.au or calling 1300 553 542.​

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