The Generation Attribute Tracking System (GATS) has a wide variety of subscriber classes. From the large electric utility to the small generation supplier, from the large wind farm to the household solar panel, from state regulators to commodity brokers, the GATS is a ranging platform designed to meet the needs of all involved in the renewable energy credit (REC) market.
Due to the wide-spanning nature of the system’s audience, the system itself needs to be wide-spanning. To small renewable generation owners, such as those with solar PV systems, the GATS allows users to report generation data and collect credits. To larger systems, electric distribution companies (EDCs), and electric generation suppliers (EGS’) the GATS allows the users generation data to meet the various information disclosure requirements imposed by state entities. Additionally, the GATS provides users a bank account of sorts for those subscribers who need to demonstrate REC compliance.
Through generation data, the GATS creates RECs- which are electronic certificates composed of various data. RECs identify pedigree characteristics of the particular generator such as: location; the emissions output of the generator; the fuel the generator uses to produce electricity; and, the date the generator went online, also known as it’s vintage.
RECs are created for every 1 MWh, or every 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), of electric generation. Every specific MWh of electric generation is individually certified with a unique serial number. This serial number is the finger print to that particular MWh of generation that has occurred and is owned only by that particular generator for that particular MWh.
This certificate becomes a commodity the generation owner can now sell to an interested buyer. Buyers can vary from electric utilities to middle-people, such as brokers or aggregators, to environmental firms or to non-industry companies looking to neutralize their carbon footprint.
For state agencies the GATS provides an effective way to implement policies and regulations. The GATS allows regulators access to centralized on-demand reports about RECs, and fuel mix and emissions disclosure. Reports are always current, as they draw directly from the GATS database, and provide regulators a means to monitor, verify and document compliance.
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