Revised RO target for 2018/19 confirmed

Revised RO target for 2018/19 confirmed

A new, higher target for the Renewables Obligation (RO) has been published, which will take effect from April 2018.

This revision takes into account a new exemption from RO costs for Energy Intensive Industries (EII) – businesses which use large volumes of energy relative to their revenue.

While EII’s will be paying less for their energy, the rest of the UK will have to pay more. The impact is an increase in the RO charge of approximately 4%, adding around £0.70/MWh to energy bills.

The Government aims to have the exemption scheme in place from April 2018. It had earlier indicated wanting to bring the exemption in from the start of 2018, but has now not left enough time to enact the necessary changes. Indeed, the legislation needed is still pending Parliamentary approval, so the increase in energy bills could still come later in 2018.

The new 2018/19 RO target is 0.468 ROCs/MWh, up from the previous figure for the year of 0.452ROCs/MWh. This figure reflects the obligation on all suppliers to source a proportion of their electricity supply from registered renewable energy sources. This increase is a result of a drop in the consumer demand which is exposed to the RO, as the EII eligible consumption will be exempt.

EIIs are already allowed to have a rebate on some of their energy costs, but the changes will shift the burden of payment for the aid from Government to energy suppliers and their customers. The Government are also rolling out a similar exemption from the costs for the Contracts for Difference (CFD) scheme, as well as the Feed-in Tariff (FiT), although this still requires European State Aid approval.

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Ross Moffat

Posted by on Tuesday, the 19. December at 13.18

Ross Moffat has been a part of the Market Intelligence team at Utilitywise since early 2014. His responsibilities include delivering Market Intelligence reports to clients and managing the Utility Insights Twitter account. Ross has a first class Honours degree in Business and Marketing from the University of Stirling.