The Renewables Obligation: support for large scale renewable electricity
The Renewables Obligation (RO) provides Certificates (ROCs) to qualifying renewable generators. These are saleable on the open market. Electricity suppliers are required by statute to deliver the required number of certificates to meet their obligation – a rising percentage of the amount of electricity they sell. They purchase ROCs in the market to meet this demand, but if they do not remit sufficient certificates they must pay a fine, the total of which is then returned to those who have met their targets.
Originally the RO was designed as a one size fits all policy. This favoured only onshore wind, as the cheapest technology. CLA argued that the system needed changing to make sure the countryside had a choice of technologies to meet the need for renewables. Our successful lobby efforts are described below.
The RO is now not only “banded” – offering a different rate of support to different technologies – but “grandfathered” – guaranteed not to change for any one installation after it has been registered (the rate for each new installation is set at the time and grandfathered) .
CLA has responded to the recent DECC consultation on the review of the RO and our response is available here.
Electricity Framework Reform
The Government launched a consultation on the reform of the electricity framework which was considered by the CLA’s Business and Rural Economy Committee on 19 January 2012.
Banding the Renewables Obligation
What is banding
How will livestock farmers profit
How did the CLA lobby succeed
The lobby timeline
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