Updates to the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme

The table below provides a list, in time sequence, of key consultations and regulatory/legislative amendments to the RET scheme.

Event

Date

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Regulations provide for the phasing out (from 2017) of the upfront certificate allocations for eligible small-scale renewable energy systems, remove the requirement to provide out-of-pocket cost data in relation to eligible small-scale generation systems, and reduce documentation requirements for small-scale generation returns. The regulations also makes minor technical changes to the Partial Exemption Certificate (PEC) application and calculation processes and prescribe a new emissions-intensive trade-exposed (EITE) activity - dried distillers grains with solubles.

28 June 2013

Clean and Renewable Energy Legislation Amendment (Various Measures) Regulation 2013

Regulations to support the provisions of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 that deal with the provision of partial exemptions from liability in respect of the electricity acquired for use in undertaking EITE activities.

14 June 2013

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 4)

Regulations to make changes to activities eligible as EITE activities.

28 March 2013

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulation 2013 (No. 3)

Government’s Response to the RET review by the Climate Change Authority.

21 March 2013

View response

Regulations to set the 2013 Renewable Power Percentage and 2013 Small-scale Technology Percentage.

14 March 2013

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulation 2013 (No. 2)

Regulations to streamline the audit process for EITE entities applying for PECs under the RET scheme.

1 March 2013

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulation 2013 (No. 1)

Climate Change Authority’s Review Report Released

19 December 2012

View report

Regulations to bring forward the phase-out of the Solar Credits mechanism by six months.

6 December 2012

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 8)

Regulations to amend waste coal mine gas provisions, and to include an additional EITE activity as eligible for partial exemptions under the RET, and some technical adjustments.

27 September 2012

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 7)

Regulations to prescribe two additional EITE activities that are eligible under the RET Scheme.

August 2012

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 6)

The RET review Issues Paper released by the Climate Change Authority as part of their statutory review process.

20 August 2012

Download the Issues Paper (PDF 2.4 MB)

Regulations to prescribe the manufacture of reconstituted wood-based panels as an additional EITE activity that is eligible under the RET Scheme.

July 2012

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 5)

The Standing Committee on Climate Change (SCCC) noted the final report of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Review of Specific RET Issues and agreed to convey the report to the Climate Change Authority as input into the statutory review of the RET to be undertaken by the Climate Change Authority in the second half of 2012.

May 2012

COAG Review of Specific Renewable Energy Target (RET) Issues (PDF 500 MB)

Regulations were amended to reflect the transfer of functions and powers from the Renewable Energy Regulator to the Clean Energy Regulator.

April 2012

Climate Change Legislation Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 1)

Regulations to set the Renewable Power Percentage (RPP) and the Small-scale Technology Percentage for 2012.

February 2012

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 2)

Regulations to prescribe 1 July 2012 as the starting day on which waste coal mine gas may be eligible waste coal mine gas for the purposes of the RET Scheme.

December 2011

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations 2011 (No. 6)

Regulations to exclude biomass from native forests as an eligible renewable energy resource, subject to appropriate transitional arrangements for existing RET accredited power stations under prescribed circumstances.

November 2011

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations 2011 (No. 5)

Regulations to increase the fee from $0.08 to $0.47 for the registration of small scale technology certificates created from small scale generation units under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme component of the RET scheme.

October 2011

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations 2011 (No. 4)

Regulations to allow the additional Solar Credits support under the SRES to be reduced to a multiple of three rather than four on 1 July 2011.

July 2011

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations 2011 (No. 2)

Regulations to include two additional activities for the provision of PECS for activities defined as eligible under the EITE assistance program and relating to the provision of partial exemptions from liability in respect of the electricity acquired for use in carrying on activities.

March 2011

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations 2011 (No. 1)

Regulations to provide transitional arrangements to enable small-scale certificates that are to be supplied under existing contracts to be eligible under the new Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET).

December 2010

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Transitional Provision) Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. 1)

Regulations to provide rules for the administrative framework to implement enhancements to the RET scheme.

December 2010

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. 8)

Regulations to include two additional activities for the provision of PECs for activities defined as eligible under the EITE assistance program.

October 2010

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. 7)

Regulations to include 10 additional activities for the provision of PECs for activities defined as eligible under the EITE assistance program.

October 2010

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. 6)

Consultation on draft regulations to implement enhancements to the RET scheme.

October 2010

Exposure draft regulations and commentary

Regulations relating to compliance and safety standards for small generation units, and assistance for EITE activities.

September 2010

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. 5)

Regulations relating to off-grid small generation units and to define alumina refining as an EITE activity.

July 2010

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. 4)

Regulations to provide transitional arrangements for air source heat pumps with a volumetric storage capacity of 425 litres or greater which would otherwise no longer be eligible to create renewable energy certificates.

July 2010

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Transitional Provision) Regulations 2010

Legislation to implement the enhanced RET was passed by Parliament.

June 2010

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Act 2010

Regulations to strengthen the safety and performance of installations of small generation units.

June 2010

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. 3)

Report by McLennan Magasanik Associates on the impacts of changes to the design of the expanded RET.

May 2010

Report: Impacts of Changes to the Design of the Expanded Renewable Energy Target

Legislation to implement the enhanced RET was introduced into Parliament.

May 2010

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2010

The Australian Government released a discussion paper—Enhanced Renewable Energy Target—for public consultation, outlining the Government’s policy on the new RET design announced on 26 February 2010 and seeking feedback on implementation aspects.

March 2010

Discussion paper—Enhanced the Renewable Energy Target (PDF 720 KB)

Regulations in force to implement assistance for EITE activities under the RET.

March 2010

RET scheme legislation

As part of negotiations on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the Commonwealth Government agreed that the current COAG process to review specific RET issues will also consider whether new waste coal mine gas projects should be eligible under the RET; and whether annual targets under the RET should be increased to offset additional Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) not backed by generation as part of the ‘Solar Credits’ mechanism.

December 2009

Consultation on Additional Renewable Energy Target Issues

Exposure draft regulations to deliver partial exemptions from RET liability to all EITE activities that would qualify for assistance under the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme released for public consultation.

December
2009

Exposure draft regulations and commentary

As part of the process of designing the RET scheme, the COAG agreed to examine further some of the eligibility provisions of the RET for new small-scale technologies as well as heat pumps and rules for off-grid resource projects to ensure that the eligibility rules remain relevant over time to reflect new technologies and recent developments in renewable technology and resource project development structures.

October 2009

COAG review of Specific Renewable Energy Target Issues

Legislation to implement the expanded national RET scheme passed by the Commonwealth Parliament.

17 June 2009

RET scheme legislation

COAG agreement on RET scheme design.

30 April 2009

RET scheme design

Report by McLennan Magasanik Associates on the benefits and costs of the expanded national RET scheme released.

January 2009

Report on benefits and costs of RET scheme (350 KB)

Consultation Paper.

COAG Working Group on Climate Change and Water releases consultation paper on treatment of EITE industries under RET scheme.

December 2008

Consultation paper on treatment of electricity-intensive, trade-exposed industries under RET scheme (140 KB)

Submissions received for the Consultation on the treatment of electricity-intensive, trade-exposed industries under the Renewable Energy Target

Consultation Paper.

COAG Working Group on Climate Change and Water releases consultation paper on key design issues of RET.

July 2008

Design options for the expanded national Renewable Energy Target scheme (194 KB)

Mandatory Renewable Energy Target Scheme introduced.

2001

Government Response to Tambling Mandatory Renewable Energy Target (MRET) Review Recommendations (310 KB)

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations 2007 (No.3)

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Act 2006

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations 2006 (No.2)

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations 2005 (No.3)