07 January 2020

REC Market Meeting 2020: special track for newcomers to RES markets

The 10th edition of the REC Market Meeting, on March 31st and April 1st, will have a broad range of sessions on offer on renewable energy demand-side markets. In addition to a wide range of topics of interest to experts in these markets, the 2020 conference will include introductory sessions for those new to the industry. As these markets gain momentum, organizations are growing their teams with people who will need a strong understanding of the basic components behind renewable energy consumption. To this end, the REC Market Meeting is offering a dedicated “C-stream” of sessions this year, to provide fundamental insights into energy-attribute tracking systems and markets. 

Those new to renewable energy markets can find it difficult to answer key questions: what is a Guarantee of Origin (GO) and why are they used? What national, regional, and international regulatory frameworks exist to govern these systems and how do they differ?

We have designed the C-Stream of introductory sessions to make them valuable for policymakers, market participants and non-profit staffers who just started out in the field of renewable energy procurement.

The C-Stream has three consecutive sessions, which run in parallel to the A and B streams. These are:

Parallel session 2C – An introduction to the basic elements of attribute tracking systems (11:30 to 12:30)

In this session, we will cover topics such as the issuance, cancellation, redemption and expiration of attribute certificates. We will explain where and why attribute tracking started, how it has developed over the past decade and how we expect it to develop further in the years ahead. The format is flexible and may include details of other topics such as the residual mix, eco-labels and blockchain, depending on the interests of those attending the session.  

Parallel session 3C – An introduction to why consumers use energy attribute certificates and environmental reporting (14:00 to 15:00)

In this session, we will look at the benefits of using renewable-energy markets and systems. Expert speakers will address questions such as ‘why do consumers buy green energy?’, ’what are their needs when they do so?’, and ‘is there a general approach, or is every consumer different?’ The session is flexible and may cover details of other topics such as environmental reporting and guiding documents and standards, depending on the interests of those attending the session.

Parallel session 4C – An introduction to energy attribute tracking in Europe (15:30 to 16:30)

This session will focus on the EU’s legally defined certificates: Guarantees of Origins (GOs). Expert speakers will cover the European legal framework and the roles of the system’s leading actors. You will also receive a statistical update of how the GO system has developed, with insights into how it may develop in the years ahead. The session is flexible and may cover details of other topics such as interaction with US RECS and I-RECs, depending on the interests of those attending the session.

More information about the programme can be found on the REC Market Meeting here