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Renewables Obligation - Confirmation of Obligation Level for 2017/18

The Renewables Obligation Scotland, known as the ROS, is the Scottish Government's main means of increasing renewable electricity generation in Scotland. The ROS works in tandem with identical legislation covering the rest of the UK.

It obliges electricity suppliers to produce a certain number of certificates - ROCs - as a proportion of the amount of electricity which they supply to their customers in Scotland.  Alternatively, instead of producing these certificates, suppliers may choose to make a payment to Ofgem (the body which administers the ROS on behalf of the Scottish Ministers).

The Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2009 (as amended) requires the Scottish Ministers to announce the level of the Obligation six months preceding an Obligation period.

The calculation process set out in articles 5 to 12 of the ROS has now been completed. In accordance with article 12(4), the Scottish Ministers confirm that the Obligation level for supplies to customers in Scotland for the period from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 will be 0.409 ROCs per MWh (megawatt hour).

Further information is given here.

Renewables Obligation - Confirmation of Obligation Level for 2016/17

The Renewables Obligation (Scotland), known as the ROS, is the Scottish Government's main means of increasing renewable electricity generation in Scotland. The ROS works in tandem with identical legislation covering the rest of the UK. It obliges electricity suppliers to produce a certain number of certificates - known as ROCs - as a proportion of the amount of electricity which they supply to their customers in Scotland.

Alternatively, instead of producing these certificates, suppliers may choose to make a payment to Ofgem (the body which administers the ROS on behalf of the Scottish Ministers).

Article 12(4) of the ROS requires the Scottish Ministers to publish the level of a forthcoming Obligation by 1 October preceding an obligation period.

The calculation process set out in articles 5 to 12 of the ROS has now been completed. In accordance with article 12(4), the Scottish Ministers confirm that the Obligation level for supplies to customers in Scotland for the period running from 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017 will be 0.348 ROCs per MWh (megawatt hour).

Further information is given in The Renewables Obligation for 2016/17.

Renewables Obligation - Previous Arrangements

Renewables Obligation - Confirmation of Obligation Level for 2015/16

The Renewables Obligation (Scotland), known as the ROS, is the Scottish Government's main means of increasing renewable electricity generation in Scotland. The ROS works in tandem with identical legislation covering the rest of the UK. It obliges electricity suppliers to produce a certain number of certificates - known as ROCs - as a proportion of the amount of electricity which they supply to their customers in Scotland.

Alternatively, instead of producing these certificates, suppliers may choose to make a payment to Ofgem (the body which administers the ROS on behalf of the Scottish Ministers).

Article 12(4) of the ROS requires the Scottish Ministers to publish the level of a forthcoming Obligation period six months in advance of its commencing. As each new Obligation period runs from 1st April, this means that the announcement in question must be made by the preceding 1st October.

The calculation process set out in articles 5 to 12 of the ROS has now been completed. In accordance with article 12(4), the Scottish Ministers confirm that the Obligation level for supplies to customers in Scotland for the period running from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016 will be 0.290 ROCs per MWh (megawatt hour).

Further information is given in The Renewables Obligation for 2015/16.

 

Renewables Obligation – solar PV projects of 5MW and below in Scotland - update 22 September 2015

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has recently published a consultation on controlling subsidies for solar PV of 5MW and below under the Renewables Obligation (RO).  This included consulting on the closure of the RO from 1 April 2016 (which would apply across Great Britain) and removing the guaranteed level of subsidy for the duration of the RO, known as grandfathering (which applies to projects in England and Wales).  They also propose to launch a banding review for solar PV projects of 5MW and below for projects in England and Wales.

The attached letter from Fergus Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism confirms the Scottish Government’s position in relation to grandfathering and support levels for solar PV projects of 5MW and below in Scotland.

 

Scottish Government Response to Biomass Sustainability Consultation – 5 February 2015

This document sets out the Scottish Government’s response to its recent consultation on technical adjustments to sustainability provisions for biomass under the Renewables Obligation (Scotland).

 

Renewables Obligation Scotland – consultation on biomass sustainability – 13 August – 5 November 2014

This consultation mirrors the recent UK Government exercise, and seeks views on adjustments to sustainability and reporting provisions for biomass.

 

Scottish Government Response Biomass Sustainability Consultation - November 2013

As part of our Renewables Obligation (RO) banding review, the Scottish Government consulted late last year on a number of issues, including expanded sustainability criteria for solid biomass and biogas.

Our response addressing the other aspects of this consultation, published in February this year, explained that our response to the biomass sustainability criteria issues would follow in due course. This document summarises the responses which we received, and sets out the Scottish Government’s decisions and proposals in this area.

 

Renewables Obligation - Confirmation of Obligation Level for 2014/15

The Renewables Obligation (Scotland), known as the ROS, is the Scottish Government's main means of increasing renewable electricity generation in Scotland. The ROS works in tandem with identical legislation covering the rest of the UK. It obliges electricity suppliers to produce a certain number of certificates - known as ROCs - as a proportion of the amount of electricity which they supply to their customers in Scotland.

Alternatively, instead of producing these certificates, suppliers may choose to make a payment to Ofgem (the body which administers the ROS on behalf of the Scottish Ministers).

Article 12(4) of the ROS requires the Scottish Ministers to publish the level of a forthcoming Obligation period six months in advance of its commencing. As each new Obligation period runs from 1st April, this means that the announcement in question must be made by the preceding 1st October.

The calculation process set out in articles 5 to 12 of the ROS has now been completed. In accordance with article 12(4), the Scottish Ministers confirm that the Obligation level for supplies to customers in Scotland for the period running from 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015 will be 0.244 ROCs per MWh (megawatt hour).

 

Renewables Obligation - Consultation On Transition From The RO To Contracts For Difference

This consultation mirrors the recent UK Government exercise, and seeks views on proposals governing the operation of the Renewables Obligation (RO) during the period of transition to the new Contract for Difference (CfD) mechanism.

Renewables Obligation RO - offshore wind consultation response - June 2013

This document sets out the Scottish Government’s response to its recent consultation on offshore wind ROC bands, and a brief summary of the replies received.

UK Government Review of Onshore Wind Costs - Update and Recommendation

The UK Department for Energy and Climate Change last week published proposals for the arrangements which would apply in the event of any review of its onshore wind support level which might be triggered by the findings of its recent Call for Evidence.  These proposals are designed to ensure that projects with planning permission and which are ready to begin construction in the near future should not be unnecessarily delayed.

The attached letter from Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, confirms the Scottish Government’s intention to take the same approach – while reiterating that any review of the support level in Scotland remains conditional on clear evidence supporting such an action, an issue which we will continue to discuss closely with UK colleagues.”

 
Renewables Obligation Banding Review 2012-13 - Summary of Supplementary Consultation Outcome (Parts B – D) and Scottish Government Response

Our response to an initial consultation on changes to Scotland’s Renewables Obligation (RO) bands set out plans for a further consultation on restricted support for biomass electricity, plus further changes to the solar PV bands.  This document summarises the replies received to that supplementary consultation, which took place between October and November 2012, plus the Scottish Government’s response and its decisions on the changes which will be applied to the RO legislation in Scotland.

 

Renewables Obligation Banding Review - Consultation on a new band for innovative offshore wind generation in Scottish waters

 

In September 2012, the Scottish Government announced its intention to publish for consultation proposals for a new band for certain types of offshore wind generation in Scottish waters.  This recognises the available resource around Scotland in waters which are generally much deeper than in other parts of the UK, and the potential economic and environmental benefits which the tapping of that resource might represent.  This consultation paper seeks views on the size of the band that would be necessary to help deliver initial demonstration projects and capacity, and the limits and definitions which might be applied to such a band.  The consultation is open until March 7 2013.

Renewables Obligation Banding Review - Supplementary Consultation - October 2012

In its decision document concerning the review of the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) legislation and banding levels, published on September 13th, the Scottish Government stated its intention to publish a further supplementary consultation paper on a small number of issues. This consultation, seeking views on our proposed 10 MW cap for biomass generation, changes to the solar PV ROC band and on new biomass sustainability criteria, is available below. We are requesting views by Friday 16th November on these issues, with the exception of the proposals on biomass sustainability criteria, where the deadline for response is Friday 11th January 2013.

Any queries or requests for further information should be directed to Neal Rafferty on 0300-244-1227, or at neal.rafferty@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

 
Renewables Obligation 2012/13

The Renewables Obligation (Scotland), known as the ROS, is the Scottish Government's main means of increasing renewable electricity generation in Scotland. The ROS works in tandem with identical legislation covering the rest of the UK. It obliges electricity suppliers to produce a certain number of certificates - known as ROCs - as a proportion of the amount of electricity which they supply to their customers in Scotland.

Alternatively, instead of producing these certificates, suppliers may choose to make a payment to Ofgem (the body which administers the ROS on behalf of the Scottish Ministers).

Article 12(4) of the ROS requires the Scottish Ministers to publish the level of a forthcoming Obligation period six months in advance of its commencing. As each new Obligation period runs from 1st April, this means that the announcement in question must be made by the preceding 1st October.

The calculation process set out in articles 5 to 12 of the ROS has now been completed. In accordance with article 12(4), the Scottish Ministers can today confirm that the Obligation level for supplies to customers in Scotland for the period running from 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013 will be 0.156 ROCs per MWh (megawatt hour).

 

Renewables Obligation 2011/12

The Renewables Obligation (Scotland), known as the ROS, is the Scottish Government's main means of increasing renewable electricity generation in Scotland. The ROS works in tandem with identical legislation covering the rest of the UK. It obliges electricity suppliers to produce a certain number of certificates - known as ROCs - as a proportion of the amount of electricity which they supply to their customers in Scotland.

Alternatively, instead of producing these certificates, suppliers may choose to make a payment to Ofgem (the body which administers the ROS on behalf of the Scottish Ministers).

Article 12(4) of the ROS requires the Scottish Ministers to publish the level of a forthcoming Obligation period six months in advance of its commencing. As each new Obligation period runs from 1st April, this means that the announcement in question must be made by the preceding 1st October.

The calculation process set out in articles 5 to 12 of the ROS has now been completed. In accordance with article 12(4), the Scottish Ministers can today confirm that the Obligation level for supplies to customers in Scotland for the period running from 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012 will be 0.124 ROCs per MWh (megawatt hour).

This level will form part of an amended ROS, due to be laid before the Scottish Parliament in February 2011. In the meantime, any queries or requests for further information should be directed to Neal Rafferty on 0300-244-1227, or at neal.rafferty@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

 

RENEWABLES OBLIGATION BANDING REVIEW 2011-12: SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE CONSULTATION

 

This document sets out the Scottish Government’s decisions on changes to be made to the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order, following the consultation which took place between October 2011 and January 2012.  The changes, which will set the banding levels for eligible renewable generation for the period from 2013 – 2017, remain subject to the approval of the Scottish Parliament, and of the EU on state aid grounds.