DECC published a consultation document on 27 August 2015 containing proposals for major changes to the Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) regime. The closing date is 23 October 2015.
Proposals include significant reductions to generation tariffs, changes to the degression mechanism, a cap on the overall FiTs budget and the suggestion of possible future changes to the energy efficiency requirements for eligibility.
DECC states that if certain measures cannot put the scheme on an “affordable and sustainable footing then there should be an end to generation tariffs for new applicants as soon as legislatively possible, which we would expect to be January 2016″.
Key figures include:
? The 2010 Impact Assessment projected that renewables installations triggered by the FiTs would reach 750,000 by 2020. By the end of July 2015, they had reached 730,000.
? Cost control proposals include options for a cap on new FiTs expenditure of between £75-100m by 2018/19.
? Generation tariffs would fall sharply. For example solar PV (<4kW) tariffs would fall to 1.63p/kWh in January 2016, from a planned 12.47p/kWh in October 2015 (higher rate).
? Figures to the end of March 2015 indicate that “99% of FiTs generators who have needed to comply with the current energy efficiency criteria are being paid the higher PV tariff. In other words, they met the EPC band D threshold”.
? Data for England, Scotland and Wales indicates that on average about 75% of homes [with EPCs] already fall within bands A-D, with about 25-30% falling within bands A-C.
See Consultation on a review of the Feed-in Tariffs scheme
DECC published a consultation to help inform the content of Stage 4 of the Smart Energy Code, which governs the end-to-end management of smart metering in Great Britain on 1 July 2014.
This is primarily a consultation about the drafting of the Smart Energy Code (SEC). ‘The SEC is a multiparty contract which sets out the terms for the provision of the Data and Communications Company’s Smart Meter communications service, and specifies other provisions to govern the end-to-end management of Smart Metering.
The consultation closes on the 25th August and responses should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Source: DECC, New Smart Energy Code content (Stage 4), 1 July 2014
DECC published a consultation on biomass provisions in the Renewable Heat Incentive and Renewables Obligation on 16 June 2014.
The consultation ‘proposes minor technical adjustments to five specific aspects of the existing or planned reporting requirements and sustainability criteria for biomass, which were previously announced in August 2013 in the Government response to the consultation on proposals to enhance sustainability criteria for the use of biomass feedstocks under the Renewables Obligation (RO).’
The consultation closes on 14 July 2014.
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Source: DECC, Biomass sustainability, 16 June 2014
DECC published a consultation on the RHI biomethane grid tariff on 30 May 2014.
The consultation ‘on the RHI biomethane injection to grid tariff seeks views from industry on the proposed adjustment to the biomethane to grid tariff. The consultation presents two tariff options: banding and tiering. For each option, scenarios are presented that illustrate how tariffs for different sizes of biomethane plant might be derived.’
The consultation closes on 27 June 2014.
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Source: DECC, RHI biomethane injection to grid tariff review, 30 May 2014
DECC published a consultation asking questions about how the deployment of large and medium scale solar PV under the Renewables Obligation and Feed in Tariff schemes can be cost effectively managed on 13 May 2014.
The consultation includes proposals to ‘close the Renewables Obligation in Great Britain to solar PV capacity greater than 5MW from 1 April 2015.’
The consultation closes on the 7th July 2014.
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Click here to view the impact assessment relating to the Renewables Obligation
Click here to view the impact assessment relating to the Feed in Tariff Scheme
Source: DECC, Consultation on changes to financial support for solar PV, 13 May 2014