What is Renewable Electricity?

Renewable electricity is electricity that is produced using a fuel source that is renewable. Wind and biomass (such as growing and burning trees) are important examples; other examples include landfill gas and solar. Further information can be obtained from the federal Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator (ORER) at:  www.orer.gov.au

As with most products, there are a variety of brands and quality levels of electricity that is sold as Renewable.

Keeping matters relatively simple, the purest renewable product is generally considered to be from one or more generators that are:

  • Accredited with ORER and
  • Directly connected to the consumer and
  • The consumer is not connected to any other generator not accredited by ORER
  • The generators produce Renewable Energy Certificates (LGP’s) pursuant to the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 and issued by ORER and,
  • The LGP’s are voluntarily surrendered to ORER without generating an income from them.