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Government to cut up to £1.3bn from renewable energy funding

The government is set to reduce funding for large scale renewable energy projects by up to £1.3bn by cutting support for the renewable obligation certificates (Rocs).

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) unveiled its Rocs banding review up to 2017 today, after which it will be replaced by Feed-in tariffs (Fits). Consultation on the new banding runs until January 2012.

Onshore wind developers will receive a small reduction in support; whereas support for offshore wind remains almost unchanged. Support for biomass remains unchanged but energy from waste plants with combined heat and power generation (CHP) are halved.

Renewable energy association chief executive Gaynor Hartnell said that there was great relief that the document had been published. “Renewables costs in the main are coming down, so it does make sense,” she added.

 

Proposed bandings under Renewables Obligation consultation

Renewable electricity technologiesCurrent support, ROCs/MWhProposed ROC support/MWh
Advanced gasification 22 in 2013/14 and 2014/15
1.9 in 2015/16 and 1.8 in 2016/17
Advanced pyrolysis 22 in 2013/14 and 2014/15
1.9 in 2015/16 and 1.8 in 2016/17
Anaerobic digestion22 in 2013/14 and 2014/15
1.9 in 2015/16 and 1.8 in 2016/17 
Biomass conversionNone but eligible to claim 1.5 Rocs
under current banding arrangements
1
Co-firing of biomass0.50.5
Co-firing of biomass (enhanced)None but eligible for 0.5 Rocs
under current banding arrangements
1
Co-firing of biomass with
combined heat and power (CHP)
11
Co-firing of energy crops11
Co-firing of energy crops with CHP1.51.5
Dedicated biomass1.51.5 to 31 March 2016
1.4 from 1 April 2016 
Dedicated energy crops22 in 2013/14 and 2014/15
1.9 in 2015/16 and 1.8 in 2016/17
Dedicated biomass with CHP22 in 2013/14 and 2014/15
Dedicated energy crops with CHP22 in 2013/14 and 2014/15
Energy from waste with CHP10.5
Geothermal22 in 2013/14 and 2014/15
1.9 in 2015/16 and 1.8 in 2016/17
Geopressure11
Hydro-electric10.5
Landfill gas0.250
Microgeneration22 in 2013/14 and 2014/15
1.9 in 2015/16 and 1.8 in 2016/17 
Onshore wind10.9
Offshore wind2 in 2013/14
1.5 from 2014/15 onwards
2 in 2013/14 and 2014/15
1.9 in 2015/16 and 1.8 in 2016/17
Sewage gas0.50.5
Solar photovoltaic22 in 2013/14 and 2014/15
1.9 in 2015/16 and 1.8 in 2016/17
Standard gasification10.5
Standard pyrolysis 10.5
Tidal impoundment (range) – tidal barrage (<1GW) 22 in 2013/14 and 2014/15
1.9 in 2015/16 and 1.8 in 2016/17
Tidal impoundment (range) – tidal lagoon (<1GW)22 in 2013/14 and 2014/15
1.9 in 2015/16 and 1.8 in 2016/17
Tidal stream25 up to a 30MW project cap
2 above the cap
Wave25 up to a 30MW project cap
2 above the cap

 

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