For phase 2 reporting, there are now two emission factors for electricity depending on whether the electricity is generated on site or grid supplied. In CRC, if the electricity supply is imported this is included in your CRC supplies and a grid average emission factor is applied. If the electricity supply is on-site generated and none of the conditions below in italics apply, this is included in your CRC supplies and an onsite generation emission factor is applied.
Onsite generated electricity must be recorded in the annual report unless the following rules apply. Any on-site electricity from renewable sources which is:
• generated using a source of energy or technology specified in section 41(5) of the Energy Act 2008 and
• which was commissioned on or after 1st January 2008 and where the generation is eligible for ROCs or FITs and has not at any time received either ROCs or FITs, or any other public financial incentive the electricity from this generation.
You must report in the total quantity of electricity self-supplied in the renewables section. Please note that although you are reporting this use as part of the renewables generation section, electricity covered by this definition is excluded from the calculation of CRC emissions and is not subject to a requirement to purchase and surrender allowances.
Therefore to measure electricity generation supplies within the software for Phase 2 you need to have an Electricity Generation meter setup, this will ensure the onsite electricity generation CRC emission factor is used instead of the Grid electric emission factor which is higher as it includes the transmission and distribution losses for imported electricity.
To set it up click on add new meter:
Next choose the type of meter, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and select Electricity Generation as shown below:
On the next screen, you will be asked some information regarding the supply, the system asks these questions to determine whether to exclude or include the supply from total emissions depending on the responses you provide.
You will then be asked general and meter info about the supply, input the relevant information in the general setting tab and meter settings tab. Once completed click save, the meter is then created.
Next add a data item to the Electric Generation meter, input the generation source (solar pv for example) and the quantity of electricity produced (kWh value). Click save when finished.