A webinar was held on Wednesday 5 December 2018 to help greenhouse and energy auditors better understand the Clean Energy Regulator’s expectations of audits under the Renewable Energy Target (RET).
Please note a recording of this webinar is unavailable.
Documentasset: Audits under the Renewable Energy Target webinar
The following questions were raised during the webinar. Please note information relating to specific individuals or auditing firms has been removed.
Under regulation 22UG of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 (RET Regulations), audits are required every three years unless the Clean Energy Regulator requests an audit report per year. If this occurs, it can happen at any time during the year, not necessarily before the exemption certificate application due date.
For clarity, an emissions-intensive trade-exposed (EITE) company applying under the electricity use method for the 2019 application year will be required to lodge an audit report if their electricity consumption exceeds 15 000 MWh. Assuming the agency did not additionally request an audit report for the 2020 and 2021 application years, the EITE company would require another audit report for the 2022 application year.
This is correct. Unlike the production calculation method which is calculated on a financial year basis, the electricity use method is calculated on a calendar year period with the MWh amount being finalised in January following the application year.
For clarity, the electricity use method is based on a calendar year (2019 application year) with the amount of exemption in MWh being provided in January of the following year (2020).
That is correct. The last year they can do so is this year. All EITE companies must apply under the electricity use method for the 2020 application year.
The accuracy of individual meters (including sub meters/internal meters) has not at this stage been specified, but higher accuracy is required for meters than total exemption. An option is to use specifications in the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) legislation or other parts of the RET. Guidance for meters for RET large-scale generation are included in Chapter 7 in the
National Electricity Rules and is summarised on page 19 of the
Exemption certificate – Electricity use method guideline.
Yes – the Clean Energy Regulator would like to see any non-compliances listed in Part B, particularly if relevant to the current reporting period. For all other issues outside the reporting period we accept your judgement on where to include it; in Other Matters if relevant.
As audits under the electricity use method are not required every year, the auditors will need to go back to and refer to the previous audit report.
EITE companies will be able to lodge the application through the online portal. The company can print the application for you to view and also save the document for you to view later. The online portal allows the audit report to be uploaded as part of the application form.
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