The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) has announced the level of the Renewables Obligation for the 2024-2025 period in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The Renewables Obligation requires electricity suppliers to present a specified number of Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) for each megawatt hour of electricity they supply to customers. This helps support renewable electricity generation in the UK.
For 2024-2025, the level of the obligation will be:
– 0.487 ROCs per MWh in Great Britain, based on the current 85% exemption for Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs)
– 0.192 ROCs per MWh in Northern Ireland
The government has announced plans to increase the EII exemption from 85% to 100% starting in 2024, subject to legislation being passed. If this happens before 1 April 2024, the level in Great Britain will be revised to 0.491 ROCs per MWh for the full 2024-2025 period.
The Renewables Obligation aims to incentivize renewable energy use and help the UK meet its climate change targets. Setting the obligation level is an important part of determining the support available to the renewables industry. This announcement provides clarity to electricity suppliers and generators regarding the scheme for 2024-2025.