Wind generators to queue until October 2018 for Feed in Tariffs

Generators seeking a Feed in Tariff subsidy for some wind installations will have to queue until the final quarter of 2018, according to new figures released today.

The latest information from Ofgem showed that there are currently 52 generators applying for a Feed in Tariff for a wind installation between 100-1500kW. One of those generators will have to queue until the TP4 2018 tariff period, which will begin on 1 October 2018. Six will wait until the third quarter of 2018, beginning on 1 July 2018. Some 22 generators are currently queued for the anaerobic digestion Feed in Tariff, with five generators queued for the TP4 2017 tariff period next year, which begins on 1 October this year.

The quarterly spending caps were introduced by the former Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) last year as way to control spending on FITs. Detailed caps are set out for each technology and size each quarter. Installations that do not get FIT deployment in the quarter they apply will be queued for entry into the next available deployment cap. Under the revised scheme, the feed in tariff rate falls by 10 per cent automatically if a technology deployment quarterly cap is reached, on top of the planned degression.

Not all technologies and sizes were oversubscribed. There are no installations currently queued for wind above 1500kW or hydro under 100kW.  The deployment cap for the current tariff period (TP1 2017, 1 January – 31 March 2017) has yet to be met for any size of residential PV, wind between 50kW and 100kW or hydro over 100kW. Any unused capacity will be rolled over to the next tariff cap period.

Decc has said it will review eligibility and the balance of caps between technologies next year, and will consider whether there are grounds to review tariffs again. At the time, it said that review “will take account of factors including deployment levels, broader policy objectives, state aid constraints and value for money”.

The published figures are an indication of each installation’s place in the queue and may change after confirmation at the beginning of the relevant tariff period. The data is correct as at 31 January 2017.

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