Exempting energy intensive industries from the indirect costs of the renewables obligation: response to consultation

Our decision following consideration of the information provided by respondents to a consultation seeking views on the eligibility of Energy Intensive Industries to be exempted from indirect costs associated with renewable electricity policies.


1. Electricity costs must be at 20% or higher of a business’s Gross Value Added (GVA) which is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortisation and staff costs including employers’ pension and national insurance contributions

2. The UK consultation ‘Energy intensive industries: Relief from the indirect costs of renewable energy schemes – widening eligibility is available at:



5. The exemption criteria are defined in the 2009 Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order by reference to the Electricity Supplier Obligations (Amendment & Excluded Electricity) Regulations 2015.  When the 2015 regulations are updated at the UK level, the effect will be that the definition in the ROS Order is also updated.



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