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Renewable Energy Tracking System Launched for Western U.S.
A renewable energy registry and tracking system for electricity generation has been recently launched in the Western U.S.
The California Energy Commission has launched the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS).
The system, which is the largest of its kind in the world in terms of coverage, includes the western U.S., parts of Canada, and a portion of Baja California, will be used to meet renewable portfolio standard requirements and other renewable energy policies for states and provinces within the Western Interconnection transmission area.
The independent regional system was developed in response to policies set by the California Legislature and the Western Governors' Association to develop and implement a system tracking renewable energy generation.
WREGIS will track the renewable generation to help ensure the credibility of the "green" value of renewable electricity. Using independent, verifiable, and reliable data, the system is designed to make it easier to implement renewable policies and achieve renewable energy goals. WREGIS will facilitate the growth of renewable energy throughout the Western U.S.
Data in WREGIS includes megawatt-hours produced, fuel source, facility location, and all state, provincial and voluntary renewable energy program qualifications. One WREGIS certificate is issued for each megawatt-hour of renewable energy produced and deposited on the grid. To prevent double counting, each WREGIS certificate has its own unique serial number.
Participation in WREGIS is voluntary. WREGIS will be available in the area covered by the Western Interconnection System, which covers Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Texas, South Dakota, Nebraska, British Columbia, Alberta and the northern portion of Baja California.