- Australian energy trading technology company Power Ledger launches global REC marketplace with North American renewable energy registry M-RETS.
- Power Ledger’s platform will help reduce costs associated with the buying and selling of RECs within M-RETS, which issues over 100 million annual RECs.
- The project is part of the first phase of Power Ledger’s partnership with renewable energy developer, owner, and operator Clearway Energy Group (“Clearway”).
Australian energy trading technology company Power Ledger has partnered with the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS) to launch a Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) marketplace in the United States.
M-RETS tracks generation from renewable resources across all of North America, serving as a trusted centralized gateway to compliance and voluntary environmental markets to make it easier to track RECs through one system.
By partnering with M-RETS, Power Ledger and Clearway Energy Group will be able to streamline the buying and selling of renewable energy through an integrated online marketplace to trade RECs.
“Similar to buying a concert ticket, you want to ensure it hasn’t already been used, and that you actually receive what you paid for. While M-RETS and other registries prevent the double claiming of RECs, the options to ensure you receive your RECs swiftly are few and costly,” said Power Ledger Co-founder and Executive Chairman Dr Jemma Green.
The deal is the first phase of Power Ledger’s partnership with renewable energy developer, owner, and operator Clearway to develop a platform to trade RECs in the US.
“Power Ledger has built a platform that can process high-volume transactions and enable companies to increase their commitment up to 100 percent green energy through renewable certificates,” said Dr Jemma Green.
In at least 29 US states, electricity companies are required to supply a portion of their electricity from renewable sources each year; RECs are tradable commodities that represent proof that one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity was generated from a renewable energy source.
M-RETS Executive Director Benjamin Gerber said the company had seen demand for RECs increase 10 percent year on year with the registry now processing upward of 100 million certificates annually.
“M-RETS’ partners were seeking a mechanism to support the transactional process associated with REC marketing and settlement. Power Ledger’s technology was clearly the best solution; its success has been proven in a number of energy markets and their technology is already in use in North America,” said Mr Gerber.
The market for RECs in the US covers both compliance and voluntary markets and is estimated to be worth over $3 billion annually.
“Many companies purchase RECs as a way of meeting their mandatory clean energy standards. We believe having a third party such as Power Ledger supporting the transactional process while utilizing the core M-RETS platform to track issuance, transactions, and retirements is another key step in modernizing the world’s renewable energy marketplace,” said Mr Gerber.
Power Ledger’s partnership with Clearway will ensure a swift entry into the environmental commodity trading market in the US due to Clearway’s established network of renewable energy assets across the country.
About Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS)
M-RETS is a proprietary web-based platform that tracks RECs and Renewable Thermal Certificates (“RTCs”). M-RETS facilitates REC transactions by issuing a unique, traceable digital certificate for every MWh of renewable energy generated by registered units. M-RETS registers projects across North America.
About Clearway Energy Group
Clearway Energy Group is accelerating the world’s transformation to a clean energy future. With more than 4.3 gigawatts of solar and wind energy assets in 25 states and a development pipeline across the country, we are offsetting the equivalent of nearly 9 million tons of carbon emissions for our customers. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA with offices in Carlsbad, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; Houston, TX; and New York, NY. For more information, visit www.clearwayenergygroup.com.