Department of Energy and Climate Change

Consultation on Renewable Electricity Financial Incentives

Closed Consultation: Consultation on Renewable Electricity Financial Incentives

Reference Number: 09D/677

Open Date: 15-07-2009
Close Date: 15-10-2009
 

Please note the Consultation on Renewable Electricity Financial Incentives closed on 15 October 2009. The Government Responses, below, set out our decisions in relation to the Renewables Obligation and Feed-in Tariffs (FITs).

FITs - consultation response and Gov decisions Size: [1.25 MB] File Type: [.pdf]
  • Please note that the PDF of the consultation response has been corrected in the 2nd paragraph on page 7 (executive summary, “any installation completed before…”) and paragraph 46 (page 18, “in the summer 2009 consolation…”) to correct an error.
  • The text refers to microgeneration equipment installed before 15 July 2009.
  • The text has been revised to be consistent with the text at paragraph 178, which states the policy position that microgenerators who have applied for accreditation under the RO on or before 31 March 2010 will be eligible for the FITs scheme.
  • Please note the revised final sentence of paragraph 46 now reads:
    • We therefore confirm that we will not be allowing FITs for microgeneration installations completed before 15 July 2009 that had not applied for accreditation under the RO before 31 March 2010
  • A similar correction has been made to the executive summary text.
  • We apologise for any confusion that has arisen due to this error.
     
licence modification draft Size: [242 KB] File Type: [.pdf]
explanatory note licence modification Size: [44 KB] File Type: [.pdf]

Please note that these are draft licence modifications, which are laid before Parliament for 40 days under the procedure provided by section 42 of the Energy Act 2008. If, during that 40 day period, either House of Parliament resolves not to approve the draft, the Secretary of State cannot make the modifications. If no such resolution is made, the Secretary of State may make the licence modifications in the form of the attached draft.

Impact Assessment Accompanying Government Response Size: [226 KB] File Type: [.pdf]

The Draft Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order 2010, below, follows the Government Response to the 2009 consultation and sets out the policy in legislation. The Order is now going through JCSI pre-clearance and is due to be laid in Parliament in early February.

This consultation seeks views on two mechanisms to provide financial incentives for the generation of low-carbon and renewable electricity; the renewables obligation (RO) and feed-in tariffs (FITs).

The RO is currently the main financial support scheme for renewable electricity in the UK. In order to ensure that the RO stimulates deployment of new renewable generation to the extent needed to meet our 2020 target for renewable energy, we plan to make certain changes to the RO by means of the next Renewables Obligation Order (ROO) which will come into effect on 1 April 2010. In summary, these are:
 

  • Extension of the life-time of the RO to at least 2037; 
  • Introduction of a 20 year limit on support under the RO; 
  • Removal of the 20 Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC)/100MWh limit in the RO; 
  • Retention of the existing fixed targets until 2015/16, with a headroom only mechanism after that date; 
  • An increase in the level of headroom from 8% to 10%; and 
  • Opening up the RO to include renewable generation outside the UK that meets specific criteria to help meet our EU target in the most cost effective way.


We are also consulting on whether to introduce, at a later date, a mechanism to reduce or remove the risk of fluctuations in the wholesale price of power (and possibly the ROC price)


The 2008 Energy Act contains powers for the introduction of FITs in Great Britain to incentivise renewable electricity installations up to a maximum capacity of 5 MW. We intend to implement FITs by April 2010 and this consultation sets out how we intend the FITs scheme to work, including the proposed tariff levels. These proposals have been developed with input from our stakeholders - energy industry trade associations, energy suppliers, Ofgem and NGOs - and this consultation constitutes a more formal opportunity for all interested parties to have their say on the details of the FITs mechanism.
Elements of the consultation include: 
 

  • Scheme design; 
  • Tariff setting; 
  • Eligibility; 
  • Supplier Issues; and 
  • Reviews.


There is also a section within the consultation that covers aspects that overlap between these two incentives and other policies relating to small-scale renewable electricity.
As with the changes to the RO, these proposals are contingent on obtaining State Aid approval from the European Commission and parliamentary approval.

Please note that in section 3.94 of the consultation document as originally published, we stated that tariffs will be paid for 20 years for new projects. This is inconsistent with the tariff lifetime assumptions elsewhere in the FITs analysis.

We have therefore corrected, through the addition of a footnote, the text of the documents below to reflect that the tariff lifetime for PV projects is proposed at 25 years.


The deadline for responses to this consultation is 15 October 2009. Details about submitting a response, including the relevant e-mail and postal addresses, can be found in the ‘How to Respond’ section of the consultation document.

The links below include documents related to this consultation: impact assessments for FITs and the RO and reports prepared during the development of our proposals.

Impact Assessment for RO - Minimum Change Size: [255 KB] File Type: [.pdf]
Impact Assessment for RO - Efficiency Size: [213 KB] File Type: [.pdf]
Impact Assessment for FITs Size: [352 KB] File Type: [.pdf]
What is the impact of changes to the co-firing cap? Size: [505 KB] File Type: [.pdf]

 

Closed Consultation: Consultation on proposal to modify electricity supply licence conditions for the purpose of introducing the Feed-In Tariff Scheme

Reference Number: 09D/860

Open Date: 15-12-2009
Close Date: 15-01-2010

This consultation seeks the views of electricity suppliers and other interested parties on the modifications we propose to make to supply licence conditions which will allow for the delivery of the FITs.

This consultation is not seeking views on the policy supporting the FITs scheme but on the key aspect of how the FITs scheme will be delivered.

Consultation on supply licence conditions Size: [343 KB] File Type: [.pdf]

 

Responses received to the Summer 2009 consultation on Renewable Electricity Financial Incentives

Individual Responses to REFI Size: [1.49 MB] File Type: [.pdf]
Organisational Responses to REFI Size: [2.67 MB] File Type: [.pdf]
Reference page for all PDF responses Size: [103 KB] File Type: [.pdf]
Responses 12- 100 Size: [4.31 MB] File Type: [.zip]
Responses 111-164 Size: [5.08 MB] File Type: [.zip]
Responses 166-171 Size: [4.05 MB] File Type: [.zip]
Responses 172-269 Size: [4.38 MB] File Type: [.zip]
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Responses 323-365 Size: [4.03 MB] File Type: [.zip]
Responses 365-376 Size: [5.02 MB] File Type: [.zip]
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Responses 535-546 Size: [4.46 MB] File Type: [.zip]
Responses 548-559 Size: [4.81 MB] File Type: [.zip]
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Responses 680-705 Size: [4.46 MB] File Type: [.zip]
Responses 707-734 Size: [4.21 MB] File Type: [.zip]
Response 766 Size: [4.45 MB] File Type: [.zip]
Responses 767-773 Size: [871 KB] File Type: [.zip]
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