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Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Lord Teverson Lord Teverson Chair, EU Sub-Committee C - Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require Ofgem to determine whether renewable energy projects being installed under the feed-in tariff scheme qualify as single or multiple sites before installation has taken place.

Photo of Lord Marland Lord Marland The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Eligibility for feed-in tariffs (FITs) is defined through the Feed-in Tariffs (Specified Maximum Capacity and Functions) Order 2010; and associated modifications to the standard conditions of electricity supply licences made by the Secretary of State under Section 42(3) of the Energy Act 2008. Application of these, which include the definition of "site" and the process for accrediting installations for FITs, is the responsibility of electricity suppliers and Ofgem.

There is currently no pre-accreditation process within the FITs scheme which means that Ofgem cannot accredit an installation, and provide confirmation of its eligibility for FITs, until the installation is fully commissioned.

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State announced the first comprehensive review of FITs in February. This review provides an opportunity to consider all aspects of the scheme, including accreditation issues.

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