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A European Tracking system for electricity (E-TRACK) Phase II (E-TRACK II)

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By building on the achievements of the first phase of the project (01/2005 to 06/2007), which investigated the feasibility of a harmonised standard for the tracking of electricity generation in Europe, Phase II focuses on the specific situation in Member States. Phase II continues the process of the harmonisation of tracking systems, including the new Guarantee of Origin, awarded to highly efficient cogeneration (CHP-E). The overall objective remains the same, namely to establish a comprehensive, reliable approach to tracking green electricity across Europe. Following the success of Phase I, key elements of the standard have been taken up by a number of countries already. A day-long final conference rounding off phase one brought together 150 attendees from 25 countries.

Results

  • An updated inventory of the tracking systems and the implementation of Guarantees of Origin and electricity disclosure in European countries
  • A thorough revision of the proposed European tracking standard and more refined recommendations on tracking-related policies in Europe, including an overall strategy for the further development of energy-related certification schemes in Europe and their potential integration.
  • Integration of the new Guarantees of Origin for electricity from combined heat and power production in the recommendations from the project.
  • Improved reflection of the requirements from small and large consumers in the recommendations from the project.
  • An intensified effort of advising Member States to make use of the proposed standard and policy recommendations.
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Lessons learned

  • Preliminary results from the inventory of national policies relating to tracking show that many Member States still have not transposed the current requirements on Guarantees of Origin for RES-E and CHP-E correctly into national regulations.
  • On the other hand, there is a number of European countries which have chosen an advanced implementation of GO and/or disclosure, which exceeds the requirements of the respective Directives and in most cases contains significant elements of the E-TRACK standard recommendation of August 2007.
  • Some European countries have experienced a debate about the reliability of green power claims of electricity suppliers. Several consumer organisations demand that green power contributes to the development of new installations using renewable energy sources. However, there is no broad agreement (yet) how this additionality of green products should be defined.
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Contact

Oeko-Institut e.V. - Institute for Applied Ecology
Germany
Contact point: 
Name: 
Veit Bürger
Tel: 
0049-761 45 295-59
Name: 
Mr Christof Timpe
Tel: 
+49 761 45 295 25
Name: 
Dominik Seebach
Tel: 
+49-761-45295-225
Name: 
Veit Buerger
Tel: 
0049 (0) 761 452 95 59
Name: 
Christof Timpe
Tel: 
0049-761-45 295 25
Name: 
Christof Timpe
Tel: 
00497614529525
Name: 
Christof Timpe
Tel: 
0049-761-45 295 25

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In brief

Duration:
01/10/2007 to 30/09/2009
Contract number: 
EISAS/EIE/07/102/2007

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