FAQ - Electricity labelling and certificate of origin



General information

What is the purpose of electricity labelling (disclosure)?

How is the source of electricity identified?

Interpretation of ordinances

Which are the legal provisions governing electricity labelling?

Where can I find more detailed information?

Who is required to label electricity?

Can the designation of energy sources (hydropower, biomass, nuclear energy, etc.) be changed?

Are the size and content of the declaration stipulated by law?

Can percentages in the electricity declaration be rounded up or down?

To which source does energy obtained from sewage treatment plants have to be allocated?

Are periodical audits of electricity accounting required by law?

Which certificates of origin may be used for electricity labelling?

Provision of information to end users

Can graphs, diagrams or other tools (e.g. pie charts) be used to depict the electricity mix?

By when do electricity suppliers have to provide their end users with an electricity label?

Must the electricity label be sent to end users together with their electricity bill?

Is the declaration of non-verifiable energy sources still allowed?

Do electricity labels have to be published on the electricity supplier's website?

Which free-market end users are subject to a labelling requirement?

How are certificates of origin taken into account that are obtained by end users themselves?

Can a number of electricity declarations be sent to end users each year?

How do end users who only have temporary connections to the power supply (e.g. construction sites, fun-fairs, provisional facilities) have to be informed about their electricity mix?

Does an electricity declaration have to be published on the supplier's own home page?

How do end users have to be informed about special electricity products, e.g. 100 percent hydropower?

Can the electricity label be provided together with other information?

Electricity accounting

For electricity accounting, do I have to use the method used by the SFOE?

Is electricity accounting mandatory?

How should sales of certificates to end users by competitors in my own region of supply be reflected in the accounts?

Where can I find the electricity accounting method recommended by the SFOE?

In which units do electricity supplies have to be reported in the accounts?

In electricity accounting, what does the term "non end user" refer to?

In electricity accounting, what does the term "end user" refer to?

Can electricity accounting be produced in paper form?

Special questions

What has to be done if no precise measurement data are available relating to purchase or distribution of electricity?

Do transmission losses have to be reported in the accounts, and if so, in what form?

How is pump energy reflected in the accounts?

How can additional certificates for energy sources be obtained?

How should my solar power exchange be reflected in the annual declaration sent to end users?

Are certificates also generated for electricity production from block heat and power plants?

For how many years do electricity accounting records and vouchers have to be archived?

Can the operator of a facility who produces electricity in our supply region sell the certificates of origin for its production to third parties?

Which energy quality applies to trade and wholesale transactions?

What are alternative electricity certificates?

How should own consumption be reflected in the accounts?

How can I assign certificates I no longer require to another electricity producer?

Is electricity labelling also a requirement within the EU?

Do the costs associated with electricity accounting and the preparation of electricity declarations have to be allocated to network or sales?

Does an electricity declaration in Switzerland have to include the quantity of radioactive waste as is the case in Germany?

How does the proportion of subsidised electricity (feed-in remuneration at cost) have to be declared?

Product and supplier mix

What is the difference between product mix and supplier mix?

Is it possible to freely choose between product mix and supplier mix?

Why is it that product mix and supplier mix cannot be combined as desired?

How can the product mix nonetheless be declared with a minimum of effort?

Which legislation governs the product mix and the supplier mix?

Do the product mix and supplier mix have to be communicated together with the electricity label?

How do end users with special electricity products (e.g. 100% renewable energy) have to be informed?

Can the electricity label be provided together with other information?

Where can I find more detailed information?


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