What was the RE-DISS project about ?

The RE-DISS project aimed at improving significantly the reliability and accuracy of the information given to consumers of electricity in Europe regarding the origin of the electricity they are consuming. Such information is given to all consumers through the regime of electricity source disclosure, which is a requirement on all European suppliers of electricity.

The first phase of the RE-DISS project was launched in mid April 2010 and ended in October 2012. RE-DISS I resulted in recommendations on how to implement and correctly use guarantees of origin which are the disclosure tools that were created by the RES Directive and the Cogeneration Directive. It resulted in important improvements in the electricity tracking systems (guarantees of origin and disclosure) in several member states (for more information, cf RE-DISS I final report). All events organised and documents produced during RE-DISS I are available in this website under the RE-DISS phase I section.

Key results of RE-DISS II include inter alia:

  • Annual electricity residual mix data and calculation methodology, which should be used in all European countries for disclosure of electricity of unknown origin
  • Best Practice Recommendations towards Competent Bodies on how to regulate GO and disclosure systems
  • Country Profiles for EU28+CH+IS+NO describing the respective national systems for GO and disclosure and related information, e.g. on RES-E support schemes
  • Transmission of methodology and operational documents to AIB (Association of Issuing Bodies) which will take over the calculation of national residual mixes and the update of Country Profiles as of 2016.

In order to get a detailed overview on the project, please download the RE-DISS II final project report here.

What were the project objectives?

  • To support Competent Bodies in improving their GO and disclosure systems by providing general and specific recommendations, and by promoting exchange of expertise between them
  • To allow for a coordinated operation of tracking and disclosure policies by providing centrally processed data to Competent Bodies and market actors
  • To monitor implementation of policies related to tracking of electricity as imposed by EU Directives
  • To develop methods, processes and governance structures needed for central coordination of a European Tracking System which can be applied continuously also after the end of the project phase
  • To develop recommendations and guidelines both to Competent Bodies and to other stakeholders helping to improve the informative value of disclosure for end consumers

Thus the project served the following long-term goals :

  • Increase market value of (new) RES-E by increased transparency and consistency
  • Reduce market barriers for the trade of electricity and electricity and electricity attributes particularly from renewable energy sources in an internal electricity market
  • Better educate consumer choice and improve consumer protection in general by provision of consistent and meaningful electricity disclosure information, thus enhancing a market driven support for RES-E.

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