What is the redevelopment of the Renewables and CHP Register?
Ofgem is redeveloping the Renewables and CHP Register, currently used by Ofgem to administer the Renewables Obligation (RO), Feed-in Tariff (specifically ROOFIT) and Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO) schemes. Our aim is to provide a new Register that is easier for you to use, provides a better user experience and is fit for purpose long-term. The new system will be called the Renewable Electricity Register (RER).
Can you provide an update on the RER timeline?
The Renewable Electricity Register (RER) was due to launch into Public Beta in Q4 2022/23. Unfortunately, this planned release will be delayed due to several additional activities that have been requested to further ensure the product is fit for purpose. Communications on the exact launch date will be provided closer to the new service going live. Current users of the legacy Renewables & CHP Register (R&CHP) should continue to use this register and can rest assured it will be maintained as normal.
Can you provide an update on activities of the RER?
In the meantime, the project will continue to work through the Private Beta phase. The team have successfully completed development of the original scope of requirements for the RER product. Development of functionality relating to output data, fuelled stations, agent activities and reporting is now complete and functional testing is underway.
What are the main reasons for the delay
Delivery of the RER Project has been ongoing for several years and there has been high staff turnover on the project, both from an IT and business perspective. The team have been completing Quality Assurance and User Acceptance testing throughout the delivery, but during the operational readiness preparation for the live launch, it became evident the project needs to undergo a robust ‘user journey end-to-end’ test phase. This will ensure the new RER product delivers, at a minimum, a like-for-like output as the existing R&CHP Product. In the coming months the RER Team will be capturing and testing end-to-end user journeys to deliver the required product assurance for the live launch.
The RER’s private beta activity is still ongoing with external generators, suppliers and agents testing the live service and feedback being captured.
We will ensure to update you further as the project progresses.
Are you interested in supporting User Research on the RER?
We would like to invite you to register with RER User Research Panel to help us improve the service. You will be invited for user research activities including usability tests, interviews, surveys, workshops, etc. to navigate RER before the service goes live and feedback to us for improvements. Please register your interest on the Ofgem Renewable Electricity Register User Research Panel. We look forward to hearing your opinions.