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The Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order 2018

Posted on August 23, 2018 at 3:48 pm

Commencement: 20th July 2018

Amends: The Renewables Obligation Order 2015

Mini Summary

This Order consolidates and re-enacts the Renewable Obligation Order 2009, as amended. It imposes an obligation on all electricity suppliers licensed under the Electricity Act 1989 which supply electricity in England and Wales, to produce a certain number of renewables obligation certificates in respect of each megawatt hour of electricity that each supplies to customers in England and Wales during a specified period known as an obligation period. It also bands the different technologies that are used to generate electricity from renewable sources.

Amendment

This Regulation provides for a cap on the number of annual renewable obligation certificates (ROCs) which can be issued for electricity generated using either biomass or bioliquid as fuel.

The Renewable Obligation Order 2015 imposes, on all electricity suppliers licensed under the Electricity Act 1989 and who supply electricity in England and Wales, an obligation to produce a certain number of renewable obligation certificates in respect of each megawatt hour of renewable electricity they supply to customers during the periods known as ‘obligation periods’. Each obligation period runs from 1st April to 31st March.

ROCs are certificates issued, by the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority, to operators of accredited renewable generating stations for the eligible renewable electricity they generate. These ROCs can then be sold directly to energy suppliers or to other third parties. ROCs are ultimately used by suppliers to demonstrate that they have met their obligation.

This Regulation inserts a new Schedule 6. Schedule 6 caps the number of ROCs that can be issued in respect of ‘relevant electricity’ generated by certain types of generating station during each obligation period. Relevant electricity is electricity that has been generated using either biomass or bioliquid as fuel.

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