Programme

Details about speakers will be available from May 2021.

Monday 6 September 2021

  • 14:00-16:00 Pre-conference 1 - Introducing the International REC Standard and I-REC markets

    The International REC Standard (I-REC Standard) provides a robust, transparent standard that was created to ensure reliable, accurate attribute tracking in energy markets. The standard sets out best practices that are designed to avoid double counting, the issuance of double certificates and double attribute claiming in various legislative and market structures around the world. This session will give delegates an overview of rapidly developing renewable energy and energy attribute markets, as well as the opportunity to learn how the standard supports these markets.

  • 14:00-16:00 Pre-conference 2 - Standard contracts for EAC markets

    As energy attribute certificate (EAC) markets mature, market participants are increasingly able to use standard contracts to simplify the complexity of individual trades. Participants in this session will learn about current standard EAC contracts and how to use them to support their participation in EAC markets.

Tuesday 7 September 2021

  • 09:30-11:00 Keynote 1 - Can markets do better than policy in accelerating demand and delivering climate and energy targets?

    Climate and energy targets in the EU and beyond are currently insufficient to deliver the emissions reductions needed to limit global temperature rise to less than 1.5 degrees centigrade. In this session, we will ask whether accelerating demand for renewable energy, underpinned by EACs, can help countries move towards 100% renewables more effectively than policy. We will also discuss how future developments in energy certification could help to combat climate change.

  • 11:00-11:30 Coffee break

  • 11:30-12:30 Session 2a - Procurement models: from single trades to PPAs, how different contracts can accelerate demand

    There are many ways to buy and sell renewable energy, reflecting the diverse needs of the parties involved in each deal. Delegates attending this session will learn how all renewable energy deals, from one-off trades to power purchase agreements (PPAs), help to accelerate demand for renewable energy and thus support the energy transition. Each of the major procurement models will be explained to assess benefits and pitfalls as well as their potential for impact and robust claims.

  • 11:30-12:30 Session 2b - EAC standards that support the energy transition and climate action

    In this session, we will highlight the latest developments in each of the EAC standards governing North American RECs, European GOs, and countries adherent to the I-REC Standard. Delegates will also learn about how and where new markets are emerging and what standards they are developing or adopting. Experts will discuss how these developments – as well as the expansion of the use of attribute tracking globally – are helping to accelerate the energy transition and cut emissions.

  • 11:30-12:30 Session 2c - An introduction to the basic elements of attribute-tracking systems

    This – the first of five new-style ‘C-Stream’ sessions at the REC Market Meeting – will give delegates who are relatively new to the world of attribute tracking all the information they need to actively engage with renewable-energy markets and schemes. In this session, we will cover topics such as the issuance, cancellation, redemption, and expiration of attribute certificates. We will explain where and why attribute tracking started, how it has developed over the past decade and how we expect it will develop further in the years ahead.

  • 12:30-14:00 Networking lunch

  • 14:00-15:00 Session 3a - How full disclosure can accelerate demand for renewables and help cut emissions

    Leading EAC schemes are moving towards full disclosure, in other words, the certification of every unit of energy, not just renewables. Full disclosure ensures that all consumers know how the energy they are using was generated and where it comes from. It can also facilitate the tracking of energy that is converted into energy carriers such as hydrogen or stored before consumption. Full disclosure is a key step towards more consumer choice and a more transparent energy system. We will explain this in detail during this session.

  • 14:00-15:00 Session 3b - The post-Brexit world

    All sectors of the economy are coming to terms with the new economic relationship between the EU and the UK, not least the renewable-energy sector. In this session, delegates will hear from experts on both sides about how renewable energy is affected by the new reality and how trade has already been impacted across 'the Channel/La Manche' post-Brexit. We will discuss in detail the implications of the new market situation on Guarantee of Origin (GO) markets as a whole.

  • 14:00-15:00 Session 3c - An introduction to why consumers use energy attribute certificates (EACs) and environmental reporting

    In this session – the second of five sessions designed to provide newcomers to EACs with the opportunity to learn the basics of attribute tracking – we will look at the benefits of using renewable-energy markets and systems. Expert speakers will address questions such as ‘Why do consumers buy green energy?’, ’What are their needs when they do so?’, and ‘Is there a general approach, or is every consumer different?’ We will focus on the positive benefits of EAC markets for accelerating the energy transition and combatting climate change.

  • 15:00-15:30 Coffee break

  • 15:30-16:30 Session 4a - Certification of non-fossil gases

    Demand for renewable gases, such as hydrogen, is accelerating and European legislation now requires that any gas products claiming to be from renewable sources must be certified. The certification of non-fossil gases can differ from that of renewable electricity and, in this session, delegates will learn about those differences and how developments in markets for non-fossil gases are helping to cut emissions.

  • 15:30-16:30 Session 4b - Limited supply, high demand – the Singaporean RE market

    Having recently implemented an EAC scheme that is adherent to the I-REC Standard, Singapore has a renewable-energy market which is defined by high demand and limited supply. Delegates attending this session will learn about this new market and how the opportunities it provides can be maximized to help accelerate the energy transition and cut emissions – not only in Singapore but throughout the East-Asia region.

  • 15:30-16:30 Session 4c - An introduction to global tracking standards, their benefits and differences

    This session –  the third of five sessions designed to provide newcomers to EACs with the opportunity to learn the basics of attribute tracking, Scope 2 accounting and EAC markets – will give delegates an overview of the three major international energy attribute tracking standards. Similarities and differences will be highlighted by experts, as well as the scope for interaction between these standards. Delegates will also learn about the challenges of setting up and operating within renewable-energy markets that do not follow one of the 'big three' standards.

  • 17:00-17:30 Keynote 5 - Can EACs limit the impact of price cannibalization in relation to renewables?

    When renewable electricity is most abundant, its price often collapses on spot markets, sometimes even turning negative. Price cannibalization is a growing challenge for renewable electricity producers and during this session, we will ask whether EACs can limit its impact by providing a positive parallel income stream. In particular, we will ask whether EACs for power produced when renewables peak on the grid could be sold at a premium, as some consumers prefer to consume at moments of maximum renewable electricity load and minimum grid-average emissions.

  • 17:30-18:30 Networking drinks

Wednesday 8 September 2021

  • 09:00-10:00 Session 6a - Market developments: volumes and prices

    In this session, volumes, prices, trades, demand, and trends – everything that market participants need to know – will be covered by experts. Will the trends of increased demand and more complex product definitions consolidate or accelerate? Are we likely to see more frequent and more severe price shocks, or will a maturing market become easier to predict? The answers to these questions and more will make this an interesting session that covers EAC markets in Europe and around the world – providing an overview of both mature and emerging attribute-tracking markets.

  • 09:00-10:00 Session 6b - EACs beyond Europe's eastern border

    Countries on the edge of the European Union are seeking access to the European single market in many sectors, including renewable energy. Delegates attending this session will learn about the specific challenges and barriers to accessing European renewable-energy markets and ways of overcoming them.

  • 09:00-10:00 Session 6c - An introduction to reporting energy consumption to CDP and RE100

    This – the fourth of the five 'C-Stream' sessions – will address one of the questions market participants most frequently ask: how can we, or our clients, report a given renewable-energy purchase to leading disclosure organizations such as CDP and RE100? How does reporting renewable-energy consumption support an organization that wishes to become carbon neutral? In this session, delegates will have the opportunity to ask these questions directly to those best placed to provide answers.

  • 10:00-10:30 Coffee break

  • 10:30-11:30 Session 7a – Time stamping: how can it help accelerate demand for renewables?

    A growing number of electricity users want to buy renewable electricity that is generated at the same time as they consume power from the grid. This session will set out how this can be achieved by timestamping EACs – allowing consumers to buy an EAC with increased temporal granularity as an optional product choice. We will ask what impact this can have on driving demand and cutting emissions.

  • 10:30-11:30 Session 7b - GO developments in Europe's biggest economy

    The GO market in Germany could be about to change significantly. German renewable-energy generators that benefit from the national feed-in tariff scheme, as most do, cannot receive GOs. However, many of the early feed-in-tariff schemes are coming to an end, which could mean that more German renewable production will become eligible for GOs. Will this happen? Will early renewable power plants re-power and re-enter support schemes? Will Germany’s reforms to its renewables markets help Europe’s largest economy cut its emissions further and faster? Delegates attending this session will get answers to these key questions through a deep dive into the German GO market.

  • 10:30-11:30 Session 7c - An introduction to energy attribute tracking in Europe – legislation, data, and new developments

    This – the fifth and final ‘C-Stream’ session introducing energy attribute tracking for delegates with less experience of renewable-energy markets and systems – will focus on the EU’s legally defined certificates: Guarantees of Origins (GOs). Expert speakers will cover the European legal framework and the roles of the system’s leading actors. You will also receive a statistical update on how the GO system has developed, with insights into how it may develop in the years ahead, including aspects such as full disclosure.

  • 11:30-12:00 Coffee break

  • 12:00-13:00 Keynote 8 - The need for standards in EAC markets

    The three most important international EAC standards – GOs in Europe, RECs in North America, and I-RECs in a growing number of other countries – exist alongside a few national schemes. Given that many of the largest producers and consumers of renewable energy are global multinational companies, this diversity can reduce the efficiency of their operations. While there is already significant overlap in some areas, important differences remain and, in this session, we will examine how leading standards can be brought closer together, particularly in new areas, such as full disclosure and greater granularity of certificate data.