Renewables Obligation (RO)—key features
Produced in partnership with Matthew Collinson of Igloo Energy

The following Energy practice note produced in partnership with Matthew Collinson of Igloo Energy provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Renewables Obligation (RO)—key features
  • Brexit impact
  • What is the Renewables Obligation?
  • What are ROCs?
  • What is the role of electricity generators in the RO?
  • How do electricity suppliers comply with the RO?
  • For how long will accredited generators receive support under the RO?
  • Closure of the RO to new generation and grace periods
  • Co-locating RO projects with battery storage

Renewables Obligation (RO)—key features

Brexit impact

As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member State, but it has entered an implementation period during which it continues to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content are referenced below.

For information on how leaving the EU will affect Great Britain’s (GB) renewable energy sector, see Practice Note: Energy and Brexit—renewable energy, which tracks the key publications and announcements made to date in relation to Brexit and the Great Britain (GB) renewable energy sector. It also provides brief explanation of the key areas where Brexit will have an identified and direct legal impact on the renewables sector.

What is the Renewables Obligation?

The renewables obligation (RO) is intended to support investment in renewable generation projects. It does this by placing customer-facing electricity suppliers—who (directly or indirectly) purchase their electricity from generators—under an obligation to source an increasing proportion of their wholesale electricity from renewable sources. The required proportion

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