Renewables Obligation: Total obligation for 2015/16

Publication date
2nd September 2016
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Policy areas

Total obligation: 84,439,465 ROCs

The Renewables Obligation (RO) requires licensed electricity suppliers to source a proportion of the electricity they supply to UK customers from renewable sources. We set suppliers’ obligations as a number of Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs). The obligation levels for 2015/16, announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on the 1 October 2014, are:

  • 0.29 ROCs per MWh of electricity supplied to customers in England, Wales and Scotland
  • 0.119 ROCs per MWh of electricity supplied to customers in Northern Ireland.

Using these obligation levels and multiplying by the total electricity supplied (MWh) to UK customers during this obligation period (1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016), the total obligation for 2015/16 is 84,439,465 ROCs. Split out for each obligation this is:

  • 75,777,136 ROCs in England and Wales
  • 7,737,581 ROCs in Scotland
  • 924,748 ROCs in Northern Ireland.

Suppliers had until 1 September 2016 to meet their obligations for 2015/16 (31 August for buy-out payments) by:

  • Presenting ROCs to us
  • Making a buy-out payment of £44.33 per ROC
  • Using a combination of ROCs and a buy-out payment.

Any suppliers who did not meet their obligations in full by the end of 1 September will need to make a late payment by 31 October.

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