The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has today published its long-awaited response to the Renewables Obligation Banding Review consultation launched in October 2011.

The consultation response sets out the levels of banded support that the Government intends to provide under the Renewables Obligation for the period 2013 to 2017.

No change to offshore wind proposals

Publication of the consultation response was reportedly delayed following a rift between DECC and the Treasury over the level of support for offshore wind. The consultation response confirms that the proposals for support levels for offshore wind remain unchanged from the original consultation: 2 Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) up to 31 March 2015, reducing to 1.9 in 2015/2016 and 1.8 in 2016/2017.

Key changes will require further consultation

A number of changes to the Government's proposals in its initial consultation have been made, some of which will require further public consultation. For example, the Government proposes to introduce a cost control mechanism for co-firing and biomass conversions.

We will be producing an in-depth e-briefing on the consultation response shortly.

Useful links

  • DECC's response is available here.
  • Click here for our previous e-briefing on DECC's October 2011 consultation.