Tuesday, 24 July 2012, 5:09 PM
On 20 July the UK Government published its response to the consultation on Phase 2B of the comprehensive review of the Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) scheme, which represents the final stage of the review of this scheme. On the same day, the UK Government also published a consultation on budget management and environmental sustainability of the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
The main features of the FITs consultation response are:
- Confirmation of new tariff levels for anaerobic digestion, hydro, micro-CHP and wind;
- Introduction of a tariff degression mechanism effective 1 April 2014 for those technologies;
- Introduction of preliminary accreditation with tariff guarantees for all ROO-FIT technologies and community PV projects;
- Confirming a definition of “community” with a provision to exempt community energy schemes and schools from the requirement to meet EPC level D or above to get the standard tariffs;
- Changes to take effect on 1 December 2012 (not 1 October 2012 as proposed in the consultation).
The UK Government previously published its response to the consultation on Phase 2A of the Feed-In Tariffs Comprehensive review on 24 May, which set out final decisions on solar PV tariffs for new installations from 1 August 2012.
The consultation on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), published on 20 July, focusses on proposals to manage the future budget of the non-domestic RHI scheme through the introduction of a flexible digression based system, similar to that recently introduced for solar FITs.
The consultation also includes plans to introduce greater environmental sustainability into the RHI through the inclusion of standards on Biomass sustainability (in line with the UK Bioenergy strategy published in April 2012) and a clear process for how the air quality regime will work.