Renewables Obligation: Total obligation for 2018/19

Publication date
21st August 2019
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Total obligation: 127,623,995 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 2018/19, announced by the Department for Business, Energy & Industry Strategy (BEIS) on the 29 September 2017, are:

  • 0.468 ROCs per MWh of electricity supplied to customers in England, Wales and Scotland
  • 0.185 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 2018 – 31 March 2019), the total obligation for 2018/19 is 127,623,995 ROCs. Split out for each obligation this is:

  • 114,579,143 ROCs in England and Wales
  • 11,611,524 ROCs in Scotland
  • 1,433,328 ROCs in Northern Ireland.

Suppliers will have until 1 September 2019 to meet their obligations for 2018/19 (31 August for buy-out payments) by:

  • Presenting ROCs to us
  • Making a buy-out payment of £47.22 per ROC
  • Using a combination of ROCs and a buy-out payment.

Any suppliers who do 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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