Country:United Kingdom
Year:2002 (last amended 2015)
Policy status:In Force
Jurisdiction:National
Date Effective:2002 (last amended 2015)
Date Amended:

2009; 2014; 2015

Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Market-based instruments>Green certificates, Information and Education>Performance Label>Endorsement label, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives, Policy Support>Strategic planning, Regulatory Instruments>Monitoring, Regulatory Instruments>Obligation schemes , Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards
Renewable Energy Policy Targets:Wind, Onshore, Bioenergy, Biomass for power, Geothermal, Power, Hydropower, Multiple RE Sources, All, Multiple RE Sources, Power, Ocean, Tidal, Ocean, Wave, Solar, Solar photovoltaic, Wind, Wind, Offshore
Policy Sector:Electricity, Framework Policy
Size of Plant Targeted:Small and Large
Climate Change Policy Targets:Energy Sector, Electricity Generation, Renewable, Wind, Energy Sector, Electricity Generation, Renewable, Energy Sector, Electricity Generation, Renewable, Bioenergy, Energy Sector, Electricity Generation, Renewable, Geothermal, Energy Sector, Electricity Generation, Renewable, Hydropower, Energy Sector, Electricity Generation, Renewable, Ocean, Energy Sector, Electricity Generation, Renewable, Solar Photovoltaic
Agency:Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC); The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem);
URL:https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/renewables-obligation-ro
Legal References:2009 No. 785 - ELECTRICITY, ENGLAND AND WALES - The Renewables Obligation Order 2009
Funding:Government
Renewable Energy Description:

The Renewables Obligation (RO) is currently the main support mechanism for renewable electricity projects in the UK. Smaller scale generation is mainly supported through the Feed-In Tariff scheme (FITs).

The RO came into effect in 2002 in England and Wales, and Scotland, followed by Northern Ireland in 2005. It places an obligation on UK electricity suppliers to source an increasing proportion of the electricity they supply from renewable sources.

Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) are green certificates issued to operators of accredited renewable generating stations for the eligible renewable electricity they generate. Operators can trade ROCs with other parties. ROCs are ultimately used by suppliers to demonstrate that they have met their obligation. Entities unable to present required are obligated to pay the fine. 

Yearly obligation levels

 

2010/2011

2011/2012

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

2015/2016

 

ROCs per MWh

England, Wales and Scotland

0.111

0.124

0.158

0.206

0.244

0.290

Northern Ireland

-

0.05

0.081

0.0.97

0.107

0.119

 

Climate Change Description:

The Renewables Obligation (RO) is currently the main support mechanism for renewable electricity projects in the UK. Smaller scale generation is mainly supported through the Feed-In Tariff scheme (FITs).

The RO came into effect in 2002 in England and Wales, and Scotland, followed by Northern Ireland in 2005. It places an obligation on UK electricity suppliers to source an increasing proportion of the electricity they supply from renewable sources.

Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) are green certificates issued to operators of accredited renewable generating stations for the eligible renewable electricity they generate. Operators can trade ROCs with other parties. ROCs are ultimately used by suppliers to demonstrate that they have met their obligation. Entities unable to present required are obligated to pay the fine. 

Yearly obligation levels

 

2010/2011

2011/2012

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

2015/2016

 

ROCs per MWh

England, Wales and Scotland

0.111

0.124

0.158

0.206

0.244

0.290

Northern Ireland

-

0.05

0.081

0.0.97

0.107

0.119

 

In order to view historical technology banding levels please click here.

Amended:

With the adoption of Electricity Market Reform (EMR) in 2013 the Renewable Obligation (RO) will be closed down and replaced by Contract for Difference (CfD) programme.

  • From 1st of September 2015 the RO system will be closed down for PV projets up to 5 MW.  
  • From 1st of April 2016 the RO system will be closed down for onshore wind projects. 
  • The RO scheme will close down completly on 31st of March 2017. No new projects will be accepted under RO. 
Amended:

With the adoption of Electricity Market Reform (EMR) in 2013 the Renewable Obligation (RO) will be closed down and replaced by Contract for Difference (CfD) programme.

  • From 1st of September 2015 the RO system will be closed down for PV projets up to 5 MW.  
  • From 1st of April 2016 the RO system will be closed down for onshore wind projects. 
  • The RO scheme will close down completly on 31st of March 2017. No new projects will be accepted under RO. 

 

This record supersedes:Renewables Obligation Plan , Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation

Last modified: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:18:58 CEST