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. https://consult.gov.scot/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/widening-the-exemption/ The UK consultation ‘Energy intensive industries: Relief from the indirect costs of renewable energy schemes – widening eligibility is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/widening-eligibility-for-renewable-electricity-cost-relief-schemes

3. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/widening-eligibility-for-renewable-electricity-cost-relief-schemes

4. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/widening-eligibility-for-renewable-electricity-cost-relief-schemes

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.


Email: andrew.mccall@gov.scot

Back to top