Starting from the beginning of the year 2013 all Estonian electricity consumers have the right to choose an electricity seller most suitable for them. It is important to note that the quality of the electricity and its physical delivery or transportation is the responsibility of your network operator. Thus, switching the electricity seller will not make a change in your voltage problems or decrease the number of disconnections. The sellers role is only electricity purchase from producers and from the electricity market and sale of electricity. Electricity is sold to the consumer in accordance with the agreed terms and conditions.
In Estonia electricity is produced from renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Producers can sell the produced electricity directly to the consumer or to the electricity seller and in such case the buyer knows exactly from which sources electricity is produced. Producers can also sell their electricity to the power exchange market where electricity from different sources is “mixed” and therefore the electricity purchased from the electricity exchange market is from unknown sources. In order to provide information to the customer from what origin the electricity is produced, the certificates of origin are issued to the renewable and CHP electricity production plants. Green Choice certificate provides assurance to the customer that the consumed net amount of electricity is produced from renewable and environmentally friendly sources.
Consumers can change their electricity seller at the change of the calendar month and information about the change has to be registered in Elering AS data warehouse at least 21 days before the start of the next month. One way to be more environmentally conscious and consume electricity sustainably, is to choose an electricity seller who sells electricity produced from renewable energy sources. And if for some reason you do not want to change your electricity seller and the electricity seller does not offer green energy packages, you can buy a certificate of Green Choice separately. This can be your way of securing yourself with renewable energy. For clarification check the following figure: