Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2001
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Market-based instruments>Green certificates, Economic Instruments>Market-based instruments
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Electricity Generation>Renewable>Hydropower
Agency:Provincial Governments, Elektrizitats-Control GmbH

Green certificate trading was introduced by the Energy Liberalisation/Electricity Act 2000. Electricity suppliers based in Austria have to include 8% of electricity generated by domestic small-scale hydropower plants in the energy sold to final customers. Final customers purchasing electricity directly from foreign suppliers are required to prove that 8% of the electricity they consume is generated by domestic small-scale hydropower plants. "Small-scale hydropower certificates" are used as proof. Hydropower plants with a maximum capacity of up to 10 MW are designated by the provincial government, entitling their operators to issue such certificates. The designations are notified to Electrizitäts-Control GmbH. Small-scale hydropower certificates are in units of 100 kWh. They have to be authenticated by the operator of the grid of the plant in question, who keeps a record of the small-scale hydropower certificates authenticated. The system is electronic and is monitored by Elektrizitäts-Control GmbH. Certificates can be banked for up to two years. In the event of non-compliance, an equalisation levy is imposed upon electricity suppliers and final customers by the provinces.

This record is superseded by:Green Electricity Act

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