Factsheet: Renewables obligation for England and Wales

Renewables obligation for England and Wales

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
The Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order 2013
Description: 
Under the Renewables Obligation Orders, electricity suppliers are obliged to prove that a certain percentage of electricity supplied to final consumers within the United Kingdom was generated from renewable sources. This obligation can be met by presenting Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs, SROCs in Scotland, NIROCs in Northern Ireland) to the regulatory authority, or by paying into a 'buy-out' fund. This framework supports systems or plants above 5 MW. Plants between 50 kW and 5 MW located in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) are entitled to choose between the ROC scheme and the FIT
Goal/Aim: 
Stimulate electricity from renewable sources

Sector/Topic targeted:

Responsible Authority: 
DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change) ; OFGEM (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets)

Status:

Trade Relevance: 
sustainability criteria for solid biomass
Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
2002
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2013