News on FITs Review published on DECC website:
On 7 February 2011, the Government announced the first comprehensive review of the Feed-in tariffs (FITs) scheme for small-scale low-carbon electricity generation.
A principal objective of the review was to determine how the efficiency of FITs will be improved to deliver £40 million of savings, around 10%, in 2014/15, as committed to in the 2010 Spending Review. This commitment reflects the need for a responsible approach to public subsidies like FITs, to ensure value for money for consumers. HM Treasury published a control framework for DECC levy-funded spending that includes the FITs scheme.
The review is considering all aspects of the scheme including:
We have decided to separate the review into two phases. Phase 1 will consider:
Phase 2 of the review will consider wider issues including tariffs for non-PV technologies, new cost control mechanisms and administrative aspects of the scheme.
A consultation has been launched on Phase I and will run until 23 December 2011.
The proposals are subject to an eight-week consultation period. If implemented, they would introduce a new tariff for schemes up to 4kW in size of 21.0p/kWh – down from the current 43.3p/kWh. Reduced rates are also proposed for schemes between 4kW and 250kW, to ensure that those schemes receive a consistent rate of return. The table of proposed tariffs is below.
Current generation tariff (p/kWh
Proposed generation tariff (p/kWh)
≤4kW (new build)
Under the proposals, the new tariffs would apply to all new solar PV installations with an eligibility date on or after 12 December 2011. Such installations would receive the current tariff before moving to the lower tariffs on 1 April 2012. Consumers who already receive a FIT will see their existing payments unchanged, and those with an eligibility date on or before 11 December 2011 will receive the current rate.
A consultation on Phase II of the comprehensive review will be announced before the end of the year, with changes expected to be implemented in the first half of 2012.
DECC has produced a guide for consumers. Consumers and industry representatives should also view the ‘Where do I find out more’ section to find out who to contact for further information.
If you are considering generating your own electricity, the Energy Saving trust website also offers information about your options. Energy Savings Trust helpline: 0800 512 012
We have previously given fast-track consideration to the tariffs for large-scale (over 50 kilowatts) and stand-alone solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and farm-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) projects (up to and including 500 kilowatts). A consultation on the fast-track review was held from 18 March to 6 May 2011.
The outcome of this consultation was announced on 9 June 2011. This confirmed that, having carefully considered the responses received, the Coalition Government has decided to proceed with the proposed tariff reductions for large-scale solar PV (over 50 kilowatts), all stand-alone PV projects and increases for farm-scale AD projects (up to and including 500 kilowatts). The detail of this decision and the analysis underpinning it are set out in Feed-in Tariffs scheme: Summary of responses to the Fast Track Consultation and Government Response.
The new tariffs for large-scale (over 50 kilowatts) and stand-alone solar PV came into force on 1 August 2011. The new tariffs were introduced through Modifications to the Standard Conditions of Electricity Supply Licences. These modifications also include the new higher tariffs for farm-scale AD projects (up to and including 500 kilowatts). However, the implementation of the new AD tariffs was conditional on state aid approval.
The European Commission has now made its decision on the new AD tariffs. New tariffs for AD will apply to installations with an eligibility date from 30 September 2011, which is the date on which the Commission made the decision.
The FITs table of tariffs following the fast-track review can be viewed under the list of Key Feed-in Tariffs Scheme Documents on the FITs Implementation page.
Since announcing the outcome of the fast-track review, DECC became increasingly aware of evidence some large-scale solar PV developers were intending to use provisions in the FITs legislation on the accreditation of extensions to installations, to take advantage of the current tariffs beyond 1 August 2011. This was not the intended effect of the extension rules and was clearly inconsistent with the objective of the fast-track review.
Therefore, a consultation on the treatment of extensions was held from 27 July to 31 August 2011. The outcome of this consultation was announced on 27 September 2011 and confirmed the decision to amend the rules on extensions. These amendments are being made through the Feed-in Tariffs (Specified Maximum Capacity and Functions) (Amendment No.3) Order 2011, which was laid in Parliament on 27 September 2011 and came into force on 18 October 2011.