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Future Secured for Small-Scale Renewable Projects

05 October 2012

UK - The Renewables Obligation will remain open to new small scale renewables after successful lobbying by the NFU and other trade bodies.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed that, despite previous proposals, the Renewables Obligation will still be open to new small scale solar, anaerobic digestion, onshore wind and hydro power installations of between 50kW and 5MW until 2017.

“We are very pleased that the Government has listened to our concerns and has recognised the value of small and medium scale AD,” said Gwyn Jones, who sits on the board of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA).

“The NFU has played an important role in the negotiations, bringing together and working with other trade associations like the Renewable Energy Association, RenewableUK, ADBA and the CLA.”

In July this year, DECC had suggested removing the Renewables Obligation for technologies eligible to claim the Feed in Tariff (FIT) from April 2013. This would have put great pressure on the limited FIT budget, probably leading to severe cuts in the tariffs available.

Following coordinated feedback from a range of stakeholders, including the NFU, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker confirmed yesterday that he was “fully committed to spurring on growth in clean green energy generation across the nation” and wanted “to provide long term certainty for those who choose to invest."

Independent surveys have shown this year that farmers are already delivering on the clean energy challenge. DECC’s announcement will boost confidence in potential investment, the NFU believes.

“While this is particularly good news for AD it is also greatly welcome for small-to-medium sized solar, wind power and hydro - all around the sort of scale our members would be putting their own money into,” added Mr Jones.

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