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Concern mounts as EfW sector awaits ROC review

An energy-from-waste developer has called on the Government to speed up the Renewables Obligation Banding Review process after officials said it may not be published until June.

Chris Williams, managing director of Green Energy Parks (GEP), told MRW the official response to the consultation on Renewables Obligation Certificates was “critical” for waste infrastructure developers.

The Department of Energy and Cliamte Change consultation on plans to revise subsidies for generating renewable electricity closed in January, having gatheredopposition from some sectors, with warnings that reduced subsidies could put projects and jobs at risk.

The response will have a “direct effect on planning and permitting, and an even greater impact on project funding,” he said. “It is of the utmost importance that the Review is published as soon as possible.”

DECC’s response was originally due to be published in spring 2012 but a spokesperson told MRW there was no date set and it may not be published until June.

Williams said the sector feared DECC was concerned with encouraging certain “pet” technologies rather than with outputs.

He added: “Any decision on banding should be taken with the ultimate aim of fostering the right conditions for a broad renewables mix that will help the UK meet its carbon reduction targets, deliver energy security and create much needed jobs.” 

Renewable Energy Association senior policy analyst Tricia Wiley said this was a “crucial time” for the sector.

“The outcome of the review will govern whether the UK will meet its 2020 renewable energy target and reap the wider benefits which renewables offer.

“Renewable businesses across the power sector are awaiting the outcome of the RO banding review. The longer this takes, the longer investment decisions will be delayed.”

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