Renewable Energy Association
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|Renewable Energy Association|
|Motto||The voice of the renewables industry in the UK|
|Formation||26 June 2001|
|Legal status||Non-profit company (No. 04241430)|
|Purpose/focus||Renewable energy industry in the UK|
|Membership||c. 900 companies|
|Chief Executive||Gaynor Hartnell|
|Main organ||REA Board|
|Affiliations||Solar Trade Association|
The Renewable Energy Association is the main trade association for the (overall) renewables industry in the UK.
The REA was established in 2001, not-for-profit trade association, to represent British renewable energy producers and promote the use of renewable energy in the UK. The REA endeavours to achieve the right regulatory framework for renewables to deliver an increasing contribution to the UK’s electricity, heat and transport needs.
They comprise generators, project developers, fuel producers and distributors, equipment manufacturers and distributors and service providers. Members range in size from major multi-nationals to sole traders. The Solar Trade Association is affiliated to the REA, and together the two have a combined membership of over 900 members.
The REA’s main objective is to secure the best legislative and regulatory framework for expanding renewable energy production in the UK.
The REA deals with broad renewables policies, but also covers sector-specific issues.
As of May 2011 the REA Solar power group merged with the already well established Solar Trade Association. With 425 corporate members it is by far the largest and most influential trade association in the sector. The STA is of particular relevance to any organisation with an interest in Solar PV or Solar Thermal, and particularly those involved in the design, manufacture, installation, maintenance or distribution.
The Association sponsors the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC), administered through its wholly owned subsidiary Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL). The Code sets out high standards for businesses that sell and install renewable heat and power generators to domestic consumers. The Code is approved by Trading Standards Institute under their Consumer Codes Approval Scheme(CCAS). The CCAS was formerly run by the Office of Fair Trading.
REAL also works with a range of partners to deliver certification schemes in the areas of biogas and bioenergy. The Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (BCS) provides assurance to consumers, farmers, food producers and retailers that digestate produced from anaerobic digestion is safe for human, animal and plant health. The Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS) is a simple and reliable way to eliminate double-counting of registered green gas. It provides certainty for consumers who buy the gas, confidence in the green gas sector and an incentive for gas producers to inject green gas into the grid instead of using it to generate electricity.
A Board, elected by the membership and the Sector Groups, directs the Association’s activities. A full-time executive team handles operational, policy, and communication issues, based in central London.
The REA is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. The REA is primarily funded from member subscriptions.