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Changes to UK Renewables Obligation

The UK is making changes to its Renewables Obligation scheme to “ensure that the RO stimulates deployment of new renewable generation to meet our 2020 targets.”

By Renewable Energy Focus staff

The changes coming into force from 1 April include:

  • The introduction of phased support for offshore wind projects, allowing developers to register groups of turbines in phases;
  • Introduction of mandatory sustainability standards for biomass. There would be a transition period of mandatory reporting against the criteria from April 2011, with eligibility for ROCs from April 2013; and
  • Introduction of sustainability criteria for bioliquids in line with the mandatory requirements introduced by the Renewable Energy Directive.

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