Feed-in Tariffs

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 17th April 2012.

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Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Liberal Democrat, North East Fife

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many installations were accredited for feed-in tariffs in Scotland at the latest date; what the cost has been to the public purse of the subsidy paid; what projections have been made of the cost of future subsidies for the operation of this scheme in Scotland; what other Government financial support is made available to the renewable sector in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

At the end of 15 April 2012 there were 15,887 installations with 65MW total installed capacity in Scotland confirmed on the Central FITs Register.

The total cost of the Feed-In Tariffs scheme across, England, Scotland and Wales from 1 April 2010 to 31 December 2011 was £90,750,555.01. Please note that the figures for year 2 (1 April 2011 onwards) have yet to be reconciled and these are subject to change. Ofgem are unable to apportion costs to individual nations within Great Britain.

Projections of future costs of the FITs scheme have also not been produced at sub-UK level, but the most recent overall cost projections can be found in the impact assessments supporting consultation documents on the comprehensive review of FITs, which were published on 9 February 2012 and are available at:


Estimates of future scheme costs are extremely uncertain, and depend on a number of assumptions such as future technology, costs, and market growth. DECC is continuously reviewing its estimates in the light of the latest evidence, and will provide updated assessments for the final impact assessment published alongside the Government, response to the current consultation.

The renewables obligation (RO) is currently the Government's main mechanism for incentivising the deployment of large-scale renewable electricity deployment across the UK, including Scotland. In addition, DECC is running a UK-wide Marine Energy Array Demonstrator scheme, which is a £20 million fund providing capital support to project developers installing the first wave and/or tidal arrays of full-scale devices in UK waters. The Technology Strategy Board also has a £10 million Innovation fund for wave and tidal in conjunction with the Natural Environment Research Council and Scottish Government

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