The Renewables Obligation will mean that licensed electricity suppliers will have to provide a specified proportion of their sales from renewables in future years. In this way the Government will actively encourage the increased supply of renewables electricity while leaving the choice of technologies to the market.
* Give a£1bn boost to renewables
* Encourage new, cleaner technologies to extract energy from waste, rather than incineration
* Setting out the detailed legal framework for the Obligation
* Even more ambitious targets for renewable energy for the longer term
Minister for industry and energy, Brian Wilson said:
'Harmful greenhouse gas emissions must be driven down. I've listened to the comments made in the last consultation and am satisfied that these policies will encourage generation from truly renewable energy sources, minimising all harmful emissions.'
Cleaner technologies such as pyrolysis and gasification will be encouraged as an alternative to mass burn waste incineration. Furthermore, electricity from these techniques will only receive support under the Renewables Obligation for the biodegradable element of the waste. Energy from waste incineration and energy from fossil waste will not count towards the Obligation.
The Renewables Obligation is expected to come into effect early next year (subject to Parliamentary approval and clearance from the European Commission). The government intends that the Renewables Obligation will form the framework for the development of renewable energy in this country up until at least 2027.