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27 August 2015

To participate under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target, accredited power stations must operate in accordance with all Commonwealth, state, territory and local government planning and approval laws, and supply proof of their compliance in writing to the Clean Energy Regulator.

If the Clean Energy Regulator receives or becomes aware of allegations of non-compliance activity, the Clean Energy Regulator may commence investigations which would involve requesting information from the relevant state and territory organisations, and the accredited power station.

Giving false or misleading information or documents to the Commonwealth is a serious offence under the Criminal Code Act 1995.

Ongoing compliance by accredited power stations is monitored by the Clean Energy Regulator, and supplemented by reporting requirements, including:

  • standing notices which are completed at the time large-scale generation certificates are created
  • risk based audits as required, and
  • annual compliance statements, called electricity generation returns.

Electricity generation returns

Under section 20 of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000, all accredited power stations must submit an electricity generation return by close of business 14 February each year (or following business day), for electricity generated in the previous year.

When a power station is first accredited, an electricity generation return must be completed for electricity generation starting from the date of accreditation to 31 December of that year, and then for each full year after that.

If an accredited power station is sold or transferred from one entity to another in a calendar year, separate electricity generation returns must be lodged by each entity.

If an accredited power station does not comply with these reporting requirements under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target it may be suspended by the Clean Energy Regulator.

Learn more about submitting an electricity generation return through the REC Registry.

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