The Act requires the Regulator to maintain seven registers by electronic means. The public registers are made available for this purpose. These sit in the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Registry system which also allows for the online creation, registration, transfer, voluntary surrender and surrender of certificates. The REC Registry has been in operation since 1 April 2001.
The REC Registry was re-launched on 5 June 2006 following the awarding of the contract to develop and run the REC Registry software through to 31 July 2010 to AusRegistry International Pty Ltd. In 2011 the contract was extended through to 31 July 2013.
In accordance with the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines, the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator issued an open Request for Tender via AusTender on 14 February 2012, which closed on 29 March 2012. Following a series of clarification meetings with respondents a preferred Tenderer, AusRegistry International Pty Ltd, was selected and invited to participate in Best and Final Offer negotiations. A resulting contract was executed on 26 June 2012.
The REC Registry underwent minor amendments throughout the 2012 calendar year. Of significance was the rebranding of the REC Registry to reflect the machinery of government change which amalgamated the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator into the Clean Energy Regulator and the addition of a fifth postcode zone for air source heat pumps, introduced in November 2012.
The Clean Energy Regulator has commenced planning and development under the new REC Registry contract. The current REC Registry contract will be extended out to June 2014 to allow for a smooth transition from the current system in early 2014.
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