Renewable Obligations

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Lynne Jones Lynne Jones Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of householders who have received renewable obligations certificates (ROCs) in the last year; and what the average value was of the ROCs received.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister of State (Science and Innovation), Department of Trade and Industry

Ofgem administer the issuing of ROCs to renewable generators. They do not keep data on the number of generators who are households; however 57 of the 975 accredited generators were small generators below 50KW, and accredited to individuals rather than businesses. These 57 small generators claimed 952 ROCs in the 2005-06 period.

We do not keep data on average ROC prices for generators; however the nominal value of a ROC to suppliers for 2005-06 was £42.54.

Changes we have introduced in the Renewables Obligation Order 2006 (Amendment) Order 2007—currently before Parliament—will remove the requirement for sale and buyback agreements and allow agents to act for small generators, including householders. It is expected these changes will make it easier for householders to claim ROCs. Ofgem are expecting a consequent rise in the number of applications from small generators.

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