Kingspan Wind Respond to DECC Announcement on The Renewable Obligation
23 June 2015
Following the announcement from DECC on Thursday 18th June 2015 in relation to calling a premature end to The Renewable Obligation, effective April 2016. We have received a high number of calls and emails from concerned industry stakeholders, installers and customers.
In response to this, we would like to highlight that The Feed in Tariff, Renewable Obligation and CfD (Contracts for Difference) are all separate schemes and last week’s announcement IS NOT in relation to the FiT scheme.
Instead, DECC have confirmed a Feed in Tariff Consultation Review later this summer. State aid rules mean that the review must take place in 2015, therefore it is expected that the public consultation will be launched prior to the summer recess (21st July). This consultation will be open for 8 weeks for public comment, and a Government response expected in mid-October.
This forthcoming consultation on the FiT is part of a phased timetable of reviews that take place periodically throughout the lifetime of the scheme. The last review took place in autumn 2012. This year’s review has been expected for many years.
It should be noted that on DECC’s announcement last week, they stated “DECC will look at options to continue support for community energy projects, as part of the Feed-in Tariff Review later this year” This indicates that the Feed in Tariff remains a key part of the Governments long term energy plan, however we look forward to receiving further detail in the forthcoming FiT consultation to understand how community energy projects fit into the agenda.
Kingspan Wind are in regular contact with our Trade Association RenewableUK on the work being undertaken with DECC and the representation of Small Wind & Microgeneration on the FiT review. Any further developments will be communicated to you as soon as it is made available to us.
We encourage all stakeholders, installers and customers to continue providing case studies, positive news and information on Small Wind Installations and the benefits they have provided. This information is key to providing DECC with a strong and robust business case for the long term future of the industry and we will be providing this information to RenewableUK to aid their continued liaison work with the UK Government. If you haven’t done so already, please sign the Big 60,000 petition to show your support for Small Wind in the UK.
Should you have any questions or concerns on the announcement or this communication, please send a written response via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will ensure your questions are discussed with RenewableUK.