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Wood waste and energy crops guidance

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13 January 2021
6 March 2015
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Accredited power stations may use wood biomass as an eligible renewable energy source if it meets prescribed requirements for either wood waste or energy crops.

Accredited power stations may create Large-scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) for electricity generated from these eligible renewable energy sources once the Clean Energy Regulator has approved their use as an accredited power station.

Power station operators are required to obtain information, maintain records, and report on the source and supply of wood biomass to the power station to ensure it complies with relevant requirements of the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target.

The Clean Energy Regulator has assessment sheets to assist nominated persons to apply requirements relevant to wood waste and energy crops prescribed by the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 (the Regulations). These assessment sheets can be used to demonstrate the eligibility of wood biomass in support of an application for power station accreditation and claims for LGCs.

Wood waste

Wood waste is eligible as a renewable energy source if it meets requirements prescribed under Regulation 8 of the Regulations.

The assessment sheet covers the five categories of wood waste:

  1. non-native environmental weeds harvested for control or eradication
  2. manufactured wood product or by-product from a manufacturing process
  3. waste products from the construction of buildings or furniture
  4. sawmill residue
  5. biomass from a native forest.

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Energy crops

Biomass from plantations is eligible as a renewable energy source, if it meets requirements prescribed under Regulation 9 of the Regulations.

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About these assessment sheets

These assessment sheets must be completed and uploaded in the REC Registry in support of any LGC claim made in respect of wood waste or energy crops.

Assessment sheets have generic application across the country. If an assessment sheet does not cover your particular circumstances, please contact us for assistance.

Nominated persons must maintain records relevant to the generation of electricity from eligible renewable energy sources for a period of five years.

Relevant information

Suppliers of wood biomass to accredited Power Stations

Suppliers of wood waste and energy crops are not required to register in the scheme but should provide the power station operator with specified information or documents upon request.

Land clearing

Regulation 15A of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 prescribes that electricity generated by using an eligible renewable energy source that is not ecologically sustainable is not eligible for Large-scale Generation Certificates.


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