CertiQ recognises GOs from Great Britain
The Dutch GO issuer CertiQ will comply with a ruling from the provisional relief court of the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal in the Netherlands requiring it to recognise GOs from the United Kingdom.
The ruling and the response of CertiQ is explained in detail here. CertiQ did not initially recognise UK GOs, known as REGOs, because the UK does not have any affiliation with the Association of Issuing Bodies. This means that REGOs are not subject to the same standards and requirements as GOs in the AIB registry.
RECS International is pleased that CertiQ has committed to accepting the GOs from other EU member states but is critical of the REGO system more broadly. The REGO system, and its use primarily for domestic (UK) consumers has various problematic characteristics, as it does not require what is commonly considered to be foundational elements of an Energy Attribute Certificate (EAC) System. Cancellation on behalf of a consumer, for example, or cancellation statements as proof for attribute procurement are owned by a specific end-user are not possible with REGOs. The lack of this basic, but fundamental, element causes confusion and limits consumer’s use of renewable electricity in the country.
It is the hope of RECS International that the UK issuer OFGEM will work towards joining the AIB’s EECS Standard and ensure there is clarity for all end-users and market parties for REGOs in and outside of the UK.
- Agenda Dutch GO Day 14 November 2018
- GO Monitoring Report 2017
- Renewable Good Practice guidance document
- Annual Report 2017
- Annual Report 2016
- Agenda seminar on development of REC/GO markets in the UK and internationally, London 25 September 2017
- GO Monitoring 2017 Report
- RECS International Annual Report 2017
- Interview: GO important factor in subsidy free tender Nuon
- RECS International releases the Renewables Good Practice
- RECS International Annual Report 2016
- RECS Magazine - The rise of the corporate consumer