HKN certificate of origin for electricity

Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) regulation regarding the certification of the means of production and the origin of electricity

Incentive

An HKN-KEV system certificate is required to reap the benefit of being remunerated for electricity fed into the grid so as to cover costs. Under article 8 of the Electricity Supply Ordinance (StromVV), a certificate is a requirement for Swissgrid from 30 kVA onwards.

Outcome

The certificate allows the national and international trade of electricity. System certificates entitle the holder to remuneration to cover costs for electricity fed into the grid. The certified production figures are recorded in an HKN-CH database so as to prevent double trading of added value.

Target groups

Electricity producers

Validity

5 years for system certification. Production certification monthly, quarterly or annually.

Recognition

The HKN certificate of origin for electricity has national recognition.

Combinations

The HKN certificate of origin for electricity can be combined with ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management) and "naturemade basic/star" (certification of electricity from renewable sources of energy).

Hansruedi Bader