Related Links

Related Stories

  • UK feed-in tariffs announced
    The UK Government has announced its feed-in tariffs for small scale renewable and low carbon electricity starting from 1 April.

News

Mixed hydropower reaction to UK feed-in-tariffs

The British Hydropower Association (BHA) welcomes the UK renewable energy feed-in tariff, but says there’s a problem for those already registered within the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme.

There are certain issues within the detail of the feed-in tariff structure that will affect the fulfilment of the total potential hydropower development.

Whilst waiting for the announcement of the feed-in tariffs, some hydropower developers have pre-registered for the old system within the Renewables Obligation. If this was done before April 2008, hydropower owners can no longer apply for feed-in tariff and cannot afford to complete the scheme under the Renewable Obligation.

Another area of contention is the inability to use refurbished hydropower equipment for the feed-in tariffs regime. One of the big advantages of hydropower is that, with refurbishment, hydro plant can last easily for 100 years. Under the Renewables Obligation refurbishment was allowed.

Share this article

More services

 

This article is featured in:
Other marine energy and hydropower  •  Policy, investment and markets

 

Comment on this article

You must be registered and logged in to leave a comment about this article.