Company
Eneco
Industry
Energy, Power-to-Heat
The Customer

Eneco is an energy company, active in the energy sector for over 100 years and currently operating in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. They work to make sustainable energy available for all, while taking an important step in becoming climate neutral in 2035 together with its customers.

The Challenge

Monitor and certify that the electricity consumed by district heating powered by Eneco is clean every hour of the day, 24/7, in sync with current EU - and Dutch - renewable energy certification schemes and EnergyTag guidelines.

The Solution

FlexiDAO’s blockchain-based software creates a digital link to monitor, on an hourly basis, the production and consumption of Eneco’s offshore wind farm and Eneco’s electrode boiler connected to The Hague’s Ypenburg district heating network - all supported by measurement data made available by Eneco. CertiQ is legally responsible for certifying electricity and renewable heat.

The Benefits
  • Learn how data related to electricity production and consumption from different systems can be combined.
  • Test how time-based green power certification can be integrated into the existing legal system of GOs.
  • Accelerate the energy transition by offering certifiable green energy 24/7.
  • Offers private customers and companies more accurate insights into the carbon-content of their electricity consumption.
  • Allows consumers to make better-informed choices regarding which electricity they want to use
  • Provides a platform for companies to make their sustainability ambitions even more explicit and signal true climate leadership.

The Story

This project follows on from a recent Eneco project involving Microsoft and the hourly certification of electricity consumed by one of its data centers in the Netherlands. It will continue to test the viability of an hourly energy certification program in a real-life environment through the usage of breakthrough Granular Certificates (GCs), which are time-stamped Guarantees of Origin (GOs), in sync with current standards.

The project will follow EnergyTag’s guidelines when issuing GCs and will be the first real-world example of a power-to-heat project to do so. EnergyTag is an independent, global, industry-led initiative to define and build a market for hourly certificates. This demonstrator project aims to showcase a carbon accounting methodology that is more reflective of the physical reality of the power grid. Current GOs do not take into account that in some hours the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine. Eneco has taken these crucial first steps to bringing maximum transparency to their stakeholders.

Certifying power-to-heat solutions addresses the problem of the lack of visibility over the origin of heat used in a district heating network. Using otherwise lost heat for district heating networks is seen as a great solution towards a circular economy, but the certification of the power source that the heat originates from is currently lacking transparency. The partnering organisations will work together to provide the missing link through time-stamped GCs.

Hourly accounting of energy production and consumption is relevant for any company looking to bring more transparency into its CO2 footprint. If you’d like more information on this project or are looking for advice on how to begin your 24/7 carbon-free electricity journey, don't hesitate to contact one of our team.

Supporting documents

UN Sustainable Development Goals

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