Feed-in tariff (FiT)—key features

The following Energy practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Feed-in tariff (FiT)—key features
  • Key legislation, licences and guidance
  • What is the FiT scheme?
  • Closure of the FiT
  • Eligibility
  • Who was eligible?
  • Eligible installations
  • Use of batteries and other electricity storage devices
  • Application procedure
  • Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation
  • More...

Feed-in tariff (FiT)—key features

Key legislation, licences and guidance

Legislation:The key legislation that underpins the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme is the:

Feed-in Tariffs Order 2012 (FiT 2012), SI 2012/2782, as amended by the Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020, SI 2020/375 and Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No 2) Order 2020, SI 2020/957.
Energy Act 2008 (EnA 2008), under which the FiT 2012 was made
Licence provisions:Along with the above legislation, the detailed mechanics of the FiT scheme are also implemented by the Standard Conditions of Electricity Supply Licences (SLCs), Con 33.
Guidance:Ofgem provides the key guidance available in respect of the FiT scheme. Most notably this comprises:

Feed-in Tariffs: Guidance for Renewable Installations (Ofgem Generator Guidance), and
Feed-in Tariff: Guidance for licensed electricity suppliers (Ofgem Supplier Guidance)
Feed-in Tariffs: Essential guide to closure of the scheme (Ofgem FiT Closure Guidance)

What is the FiT scheme?

The FiT scheme was introduced in April 2010 as a way of encouraging the uptake of a range of small scale renewable and low carbon electricity generation technologies (microgeneration) and applies to Great Britain.

Those eligible for the FiT scheme:

  1. are paid a specified amount for every kilowatt hour (kWh) unit of electricity they generate—the generation tariff

  2. can (in addition) sell any surplus electricity that is exported to the grid (as opposed to consumed on site) to a licensed electricity supplier (usually the electricity

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