RenewableUK comments on Government’s new proposals for small-scale renewables
08 January 2019
Posted by: Rob Norris
RenewableUK is commenting on new proposals issued today by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to introduce a ‘Smart Export Guarantee’ to support new small-scale wind and other renewable energy generation. Previously small (under 5MW) and domestic scale renewable energy generation was incentivised through the Feed-in Tariff scheme, which paid generators for each unit of power generated. Generators were also paid a fixed tariff for each unit of power exported to the grid.
Under the new proposals, renewable electricity that is not consumed on-site and is exported will be purchased by energy supply companies. The Government envisages that their proposals will create new markets for local energy with supply companies bidding competitively for locally generated electricity, as well as supporting the development of storage and electric vehicle technologies.
In 2017 the Government signalled its intent to close the Feed-in Tariff in April this year but did not confirm its final proposals until December 2018, when BEIS also announced the scrapping of the fixed tariff for the power exported to the grid.
Commenting on today’s proposals, RenewableUK’s Head of Policy Barnaby Wharton said:
“These new government proposals rightly recognise the role that small-scale generation can play in developing a smarter, more decentralised energy system that benefits consumers. Small-scale wind energy and other renewable generation reduces overall demand on the grid and supports thousands of jobs in industries across the UK. It is vital that the value of this locally generated, low-carbon power is reflected in the final Smart Export Guarantee proposals.”
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Full details of the Government’s proposals are available on the BEIS website at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/proposals-to-protect-consumers-whilst-guaranteeing-payments-for-households-with-solar-by-unlocking-smarter-energy-system