Electricity producers that want to receive electricity certificates must apply to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) or the Swedish Energy Agency.

Who can apply for the issue of electricity certificates?

From the 1st of January 2016 the following power plants are eligible for electricity certificates:

  • All renewable power plants that started construction after the 7th of September 2009
  • Existing renewable power plants that will permanently increase their power production from construction, starting after the 7th of September 2009
  • All new hydro power plants that started construction after the 1st of January 2004.

The application can cover the entire electricity production, or parts of it.

A renewable power plant is not approved for electricity certificates until the application has been completed, and the power plant has been commissioned. Electricity certificates are issued to the producer's electricity certificate account in the Norwegian or Swedish electricity certificates; NECS or Cesar.

Electricity certificates are issued on the 15th of each month and are based on the electricity production in the previous month, as reported by grid companies and electricity producers. Grid companies and electricity producers have a responsibility to report metered values of produced renewable electricity.

Existing power plants in Norway that wish to participle in the certificate market must start building their increased production by the 31.12.2021. Such plants are eligible for electricity certificates for 15 years after the date of the first issue.