The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued guidelines for the accreditation of renewable energy projects and discoms by state agencies under the renewable energy certificate (REC) mechanism. The procedure will be applicable to all grid-connected projects generating electricity from resources such as small hydro, wind, biomass, biofuel cogeneration, urban and municipal waste. The State electricity regulatory commissions (SERCs) will serve as the accreditation agencies for the respective states and will provide certification to a power plant six months prior to the proposed date of commercial operation. The renewable energy generators are also required to obtain a certificate from the discom for the connected load, which will have to be submitted to the SERC along with the accreditation application. For renewable energy-based cogeneration projects, the connected load capacity will be considered as the capacity for captive consumption for issuing the certificates. The SERCs will also undertake the accreditation of discoms procuring renewable energy more than the renewable purchase obligations (RPO) requirement. The accreditation will be valid for five years, though it can be extended by the SERC.