The Energy Savings Certificate mechanism
The Energy Savings Certificate mechanism or Certificats d’Economies d’Energie (CEE) was created in 2005 as one of the key tool of the French energy demand side management policy within the context of European objectives. It enables the promotion and stimulation of investments in terms of energy efficiency through a market mechanism.
The government determines a pluri-annual global energy savings goal (usually 3 or 4 years) in MWh cumulated actualised (Cumac). This goal is then beared by all energy suppliers, also called "Obligés”, according to their share of the total supply. In order to fulfil their obligation, they have to promot energy saving projects to the consumers or face financial penalties.
The energy providers "Obligés" encourage the final clients to save energy through various investments in energy efficiency, among them insulation projects or condensing boilers. These projects are eligible to receive certificates credited by governmental agencies on a registry.
Other actors (local collectivities, brokers…), may also participate to the process and ask for certificates (and then sell them to energy suppliers) or have a brokerage activity, depending on their status.
Registry for ESC
Appointed by the Direction Générale de l’Energie et du Climat (DGEC), Powernext – now EEX – runs the service operation (registration of certificates, transfers), the legal and technical evolution and the technical maintenance of the platform.
- More info on Emmy website
- More info on the DGEC website
- More info on the ATEE association (Association Technique Energie Environnement) website