Smart Export Guarantee—key features
Produced in partnership with Matthew Brown, senior associate of CMS
Smart Export Guarantee—key features

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Matthew Brown, senior associate of CMS provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Smart Export Guarantee—key features
  • Introduction to the Smart Export Guarantee
  • Key primary resources on the Smart Export Guarantee
  • Next steps
  • Legal basis of the Smart Export Guarantee
  • How the Smart Export Guarantee will work, in a nutshell
  • When the Smart Export Guarantee will become available
  • Eligibility for the Smart Export Guarantee
  • Certification, application process, and registration
  • Metering
  • more

Introduction to the Smart Export Guarantee

This Practice Note provides a detailed explanation of the ‘Smart Export Guarantee’, a regulated mechanism to provide owners of small-scale low-carbon installations in Great Britain (GB) with a guaranteed contract for selling surplus electricity they generate. Among other things, it discusses the proposed terms of power purchase under the Smart Export Guarantee, the role of electricity suppliers in the Smart Export Guarantee mechanism, and technology types that will be eligible for the Smart Export Guarantee. The Smart Export Guarantee is due to come into force on 1 January 2020.

The concept of the Smart Export Guarantee was first mooted in the consultations announcing the confirmed closure (for new installations) of the small-scale Feed-in Tariff (FiT) from 1 April 2019. This is because one key consequence of the closure of the FiT is the end of the ‘Export tariff’ provided by the FiT, which gave a guaranteed route to market for the export on to the grid of electricity generated by FiT-supported installations. For more on this background and the closure of the FiT, see Practice Note: Feed-in tariffs (FiT)—closure in 2019 and the future for small-scale low-carbon generation.

The detail of the Smart Export Guarantee was first proposed by the government in The Future for Small-Scale Low-Carbon Generation: A consultation on a Smart Export Guarantee