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RenewableUK statement on the removal of pre-accreditation for the Feed-in Tariff

09 November 2015  
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Responding to the announcement by the Department of Energy and Climate Change that it has decided to remove pre-accreditation under the Feed-in Tariff scheme from 1st October 2015, RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said:

“It’s disappointing that the Government has decided to press ahead with the removal of pre-accreditation while the wider Feed-in Tariff review is still active. However, at least the Government has come clean that this change is a short-term measure designed to bring about a temporary moratorium on new projects, while bigger changes to support for wind, solar and other renewables are pushed through.

“The industry fully understands the need to control costs. Restoring pre-accreditation would keep costs to a minimum and protect consumers. For the Government’s proposed deployment caps to work under the reformed Feed-in Tariff, the re-introduction of pre-accreditation is a vital measure to ensure sufficient projects go ahead”.  

Notes

DECC has announced:

  • We will remove the ability to pre-accredit under the FIT scheme, effective from 1 October 2015.
  • We will also remove the ability to receive a tariff guarantee through pre-registration. 
  • If generation tariffs for new applicants remain available under the FIT scheme, we will consider reintroducing pre-accreditation either for all groups or on a more limited basis.
  • We recognise that this decision will introduce considerable uncertainty in the short term, but consider that it is necessary to safeguard spend under the scheme while we carry out the FIT Review.
  • We judged that four weeks was adequate for stakeholders to provide a considered response.
  • The absence of an accompanying Impact Assessment was also cited in a large number of responses as restricting the ability to respond fully. We considered these complaints and judged the information we provided was adequate.
  • An amended FIT Order will be laid in parliament on 9 September 2015. This will be subject to a 21 day parliamentary procedure before it comes into effect on 1 October 2015.
  • We consider there is sufficient evidence that the removal of pre-accreditation is a valid means of limiting the impact of a deployment surge on electricity consumer bills; specifically, the evidence of previous deployment surges.

More details on DECC’s announcement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-action-taken-to-prevent-energy-bills-rising and https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changes-to-feed-in-tariff-accreditation


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