REMC/370/A2 – WG 004 request for budget to rework PV Operational Documents (Closes 25-Oct)

starts on 25 September, 2019 ends on 25 October, 2019

Should the US vote to approve Recommendation A2 from the WG 004 report REMC/370/R requesting budget to rework the PV Operational Documents?
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A.2.1 Background
The TOR of WG004 includes the activity to “Make the promotion of the IECRE services efficient and powerful by coordinated/collective efforts and measured results.”
At the WG004 meeting on 16 September 2019 in Tempe, AZ, USA, the participating workgroup members have concluded that the OD structure of PV-OMC does not offer a marketable value proposition. In a nutshell, the PV-OMC is at the verge of failing completely, it is a turn-around case:
• Approx. half of the CBs/IBs have terminated their membership, amongst them all German and Japanese CBs/IBs
• Hungary MB has terminated its membership
• Since no German and no Japanese CBs/IBs are left in the system, the DE and JP MBs will need to decide, soon, whether to remain for PV or whether to terminate as well.
• Reasons for the departures:
• Under the current OD structure, there is no business case that can be marketed
• The burden to participate in 2 systems for 1 sector (IECEE and IECRE)
• Etc. (see A.2.2 Details)
• Yet, significant progress has been made on the policy side in Europe. There is some likelihood that the upcoming IECRE rating system will be a reference of at least one, if not several EU Commission directives, namely Ecodesign, Energy Label, Ecolabel, and Green Public Procurement (GPP). Assuming that internal scrutiny assessment suggests these directives to be put up for vote, the political process may then vote upon such directives. The current roadmap suggests a voting in 2021 or 2022.
• Given this critical situation, the WG004 recommends placing an official request for urgent turnaround asking for a discussion and decision at the REMC meeting in November, and requesting funding from CO subject to the description in this document.

Refer to the WG 004 report REMC/370/R for further details.

NOTE: This recommendation will be discussed and voted upon at the REMC meeting in Feldkirch, Austria 2019-11-18.

NOTE: USNC/IECRE ballots are to be submitted within thirty days to allow for resolution of any comments prior to the IEC deadline.

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