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Guarantees of Origin

What are Guarantees of Origin and Certificates of Origin?

Types of Certificates

Guarantee of origin
A Guarantee of Origin (GoO) is a digital certificate and the only proof that energy has been generated in a renewable way. With a GoO, the supplier can demonstrate to the customer that the energy supplied comes from renewable sources, such as wind, water, sun, biomass, solar thermal and geothermal.

CertiQ issues guarantees of origin for renewable heat and renewable electricity. Vertogas is the certifier for green gas and from 1 January 2022 also green hydrogen.

Certificate of origin
A Certificate of Origin (CvO) is proof that electricity has been generated from fossil sources and works the same as GOs. CertiQ issues COs for non-renewable electricity, from sources such as gas and coal.

Functioning of GoO-system

A producer can register a production installation with CertiQ. The grid operator has to approve this registration. After the production installation has been established, the network operator will forward measured values to CertiQ. CertiQ issues a guarantee of origin or certificate of origin for each generated MW of your installation The certificates contain the information where, when and from which source the energy has been generated. One certificate is good for 1 MWh and is valid for one year after the month in which the energy has been generated.

The digital certificates are issued to a trader. The trader can sell these certificates on the European market, for example to your energy supplier.

The certificates are cancelled after the electricity has been consumed; the number of guarantees of origins issued in Europe can never exceed the actual amount of sustainably produced energy in MWh.

(European) trading in certificates

The guarantees of origin issued are issued to a trader chosen by the producer. The trader can sell the certificates on the European market, for example to your energy supplier.

Other European countries also have the system of guarantees of origin. Like energy markets, the market for guarantees of origin is European. Importing and exporting guarantees of origin is therefore possible.

(European) trading is only allowed if strict requirements are met.

AIB
CertiQ is a member of the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB). They organize the trade in European GoOs by, among other things, drawing up a set of rules ('European Energy Certification System' (EECS)), so that guarantees of origin are comparable in Europe.

In addition, the AIB also manages the 'AIB hub', an IT platform on which trade with standardized GoOs takes place.

The Netherlands may only import and export guarantees of origin made by an AIB member body. In addition, the country of this body must belong to the European Economic Area (all EU countries plus Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland). This means, for example, that importing from and exporting to Switzerland and the United Kingdom is not allowed.

Why do I want to have GoOs?

With guarantees of origin and certificates of origin, you contribute to the energy transition. The more insight there is into what exactly takes place in energy generation, the more consciously consumers and companies can choose what type of energy they want to consume and therefore opt more explicitly for sustainable energy.

The certificate of the energy produced by you per MWh is booked by CertiQ on an account of a trader of your choice. You can decide for yourself which trader you choose. The trading party does not have to be your energy supplier. We recommend that you contact a trader in advance to establish possible agreements about the GoOs.

If you have applied for a subsidy from RVO and you have a subsidy decision for SDE(+/++), you must register your production installation with CertiQ. For the exact subsidy, RVO consults the guarantees of origin created in the CertiQ system. CertiQ itself does not pay out any subsidy. Would you like to know how much subsidy you can receive for your production installation? Please contact RVO.

How do I obtain GoOs/CoO?

I generate electricity with sun, water, wind, CHP or fossil sources
You can register via the CertiQ website using the online registration form in MyCertiQ. After complete registration in MyCertiQ, your network operator will automatically assess your installation. After approval from your grid operator, CertiQ will definitively register your installation.

The moment CertiQ has definitively registered your installation, your grid operator will send the production data digitally to CertiQ. CertiQ uses this data to digitally issue GoOs or CoOs. If you have a right to subsidy from RVO, RVO will start the subsidy automatically.

When registering your production installation, you can choose your trader yourself. The trader does not have to be your energy supplier. You can contact a trader to establish possible agreements about the GoOs or CoOs. This trader receives the certificates created by CertiQ digitally on his account.

You can find your registration status in MyCertiQ. If you have any questions about the assessment of your installation, please contact your grid operator. If you have any questions about your subsidy, please contact RVO.

I generate electricity with a biomass installation
You can register via the CertiQ website in MyCertiQ.

Simultaneously with your registration, you submit a measurement protocol to CertiQ. The measurement protocol describes your production installation, which energy flows there are and how these energy flows are measured. The measurement protocol must be approved by a recognized measurement company before the final registration of your installation. You can choose this measuring company yourself.

CertiQ assesses your registration. When your registration has been approved and you have a right to subsidy from RVO, RVO will automatically start the subsidy.

When registering your production installation, you can choose your trader yourself. This trader receives the created certificates digitally on his account. The trader does not have to be your energy supplier. You can contact a trader to establish possible agreements about the GoOs or CoOs.

Depending on your production installation, you must submit an annual, quarterly or monthly measurement report with your measurement data over the past period to CertiQ, signed by your measurement company. For larger installations, an annual assurance report from an accountant is also required.

You are only entitled to guarantees of origin with these documents submitted on time.

You can find your registration status in MyCertiQ. If you have any questions about your measurement report or measurement protocol, please contact your measurement company. If you have any questions about your subsidy, please contact RVO.

I generate heat
You can register via the CertiQ website using the registration form for sustainable heat.

Simultaneously with your registration, you submit a measurement protocol to CertiQ. The measurement protocol describes your production installation, which energy flows there are and how these energy flows are measured. The measurement protocol must be approved by a recognized measurement company before the final registration of your installation. You can choose this measuring company yourself.

CertiQ assesses your registration. When your registration has been approved and you have a right of subsidy from RVO, RVO will automatically start the subsidy.

When registering your production installation, you can choose your trader yourself. This trader receives the created certificates digitally on his account. The trader does not have to be your energy supplier. You can contact a trader to establish possible agreements about the GoOs or CoOs.

Depending on your production installation, you must submit an annual, quarterly or monthly measurement report with your measurement data over the past period to CertiQ, signed by your measurement company. For larger installations, an annual assurance report from an accountant is also required.

You are only entitled to guarantees of origin with these documents submitted on time.

You can find your registration status in MyCertiQ. If you have any questions about your measurement report or measurement protocol, please contact your measurement company. If you have any questions about your subsidy, please contact RVO.

I generate both heat and electricity with my installation
If you want to register an installation for both heat and electricity, you must register twice; one for electricity and one for heat.

You can combine the required reports, such as a measurement protocol and measurement report. Under 'Documents' you will find examples of combined measurement.

Costs of GoOs/CoO

Every year, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy sets the rates for CertiQ for the following year.

CertiQ does not have a profit motive, but operates in a cost-effective manner. Any gains or losses from one year are included in the rates for subsequent years.

For 2021 the rates are as follows:

Type transaction

2020

2021

Costs for

Creating GoO water, wind, solar
€ 0,004
€ 0,004
Trader
Creating GoO biomass
€ 0,028
€ 0,028
Trader
Creating GoO heat
€ 0,028
€ 0,028
Producer*/Trader
Creating CoO (Certificates of Origin)
€ 0,004
€ 0,004
Trader
Cancellation
€ 0,012
€ 0,012
Trader
Transfer within NL
€ 0,004
€ 0,004
Receiving trader
Export
€ 0,008
€ 0,008
Exporting trader
Import
€ 0,008
€ 0,008
Receiving trader

*A producer of sustainably generated heat bears the costs for the production of heat GOs as long as no specific trader has been designated to receive the GOs for this installation.

Electricity labelling

With the electricity label, consumers and companies can see which electricity the supplier supplies and compare it with the electricity label of other suppliers. Power suppliers must post the electricity label on their website.

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) checks the electricity label. They check whether the electricity label is correct with all deducted guarantees of origin and certificates of origin.

More information about the electricity label can be found on the ACM website.

Participants' council

The CertiQ Participants' Council represents the interests of the participants in the certificate system. This enables CertiQ to tailor its policy and annual plans to their needs. The Participants' Council consists of producers, traders and representatives of a number of large energy suppliers.

The Members' Council currently consists of the following members:

Organisatie

Naam

Climex
Mr. J. van de Kletersteeg
Engie Energie Nederland N.V.
Mr.  J. Sietzema
Holland Solar
Mr. J. Baarsma
Greenchoice
 Mr. R. Hopmans
Vattenfall
Ms. L. Buisman
PZEM
Mr. P. Hamers
AFS
Mr. B. van Diggelen
Statkraft
Mr. B. Berendsen
Attero
Mr. M. Sanders
Energie Samen (NWEA)
Mr. N. Blaauwbroek