RO compliance process

The table below summarises the key dates and actions licensed electricity suppliers need to be aware of in order to comply with the Renewables Obligation. The dates given follow an obligation period, which runs from 1 April to 31 March.

Full information on how this works in practice is available in our Guidance for suppliers.

Key deadlines and actions

Date The compliance process
By 1 June Suppliers must submit estimated data on the total electricity supplied to customers during the obligation period.
By 1 July

Suppliers must submit final data on the total electricity supplied to customers during the obligation period. Where no electricity has been supplied during the obligation period a zero supply declaration must be submitted.

We will confirm each supplier’s individual obligation shortly after 1 July.

By 31 August (buy-out payments);

By 1 September (ROCs)

Suppliers can meet their obligation by presenting ROCs, making a buy-out payment, or a combination of both. ROCs must be presented via the Register by 1 September, and any buy-out payment must be made by 31 August.
By 31 October Where suppliers do not meet their entire obligation by presenting ROCs/making a buy-out payment by the above dates, they must make a late payment to us to meet their obligation.
By 1 November We will redistribute the buy-out fund to suppliers in proportion to the number of ROCs each supplier presented.
By 1 January We will redistribute the late payment fund to suppliers in proportion to the number of ROCs each supplier presented.
By 1 April We will publish an annual report on activity under the RO scheme during the previous obligation period.