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Energy Action Plan deadline looming for new coalition

The renewables industry is warning that the coalition government must act quickly to clarify its policy on renewable energy given that it has to submit its action plan on the UK Renewable Energy Strategy to the European Commission on June 30.

As yet, there has been no further clarification around the subsidising of renewable energy facilities through the Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) or the Feed-In Tariff system.

The coalition has said it plans to “maintain ROCs and establish a full system of feed-in tariffs in electricity” but as yet no further clarification on how this will be implemented has been issued.

The Renewable Energy Association head of external affairs Leonie Greene told MRW: “We are concerned about the details of the renewable obligation and FITs proposal, which could have a huge implication on facilities. All projects in the pipeline have been based on the renewable obligation system. So we want an early statement from the Government to say that all these projects will be grandfathered.”

The RO has been the subject of much debate in recent months with the industry still waiting for a statement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on whether it plans to grandfather ROCs for biomass facilities, including anaerobic digestion (AD). This is particularly relevant now, given the coalition’s plans to increase energy from waste through AD.

Greene said: “The Government has said they want to increase the renewable energy target but we would rather hear sooner than later how they plan to do this to clear up any uncertainty especially as the end of June is only just around the corner.”

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