Renewables Obligation: Closure of the scheme to onshore wind in England, Scotland and Wales


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This guidance document is for operators of onshore wind generating stations in England, Wales and Scotland affected by the closure of the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme to onshore wind on 12 May 2016. This closure is brought into effect by the Energy Act 2016.

The closure applies to new generating stations and any additional capacity. Operators of generating stations that meet certain criteria may be eligible for one of the five grace periods that are available, meaning that they can apply for accreditation until 31 January 2019.

Our response document explains to stakeholders the changes that were made to the final version of the guidance since the draft was published for consultation on 11 February 2016.

This document was updated on 14 October 2016 to correct some typing errors.

This document was further updated on 13 March 2017 to remove the words “on or before the primary date” from the grid works agreement row of Table 2, and to reflect additional guidance published in Guidance for Generators on excluded capacity.

Please note that we are currently consulting on modifying Templates 2 and 3 of Appendix 3 of the guidance as published here. If you would like more information on this, or would like to give us your views on this, please see our consultation document. The consultation closes on Monday 12 June 2017.

This document was further updated on 20 December 2017 after consulting on amending the “Declaration of grid or radar delay condition” and the “Declaration of investment freezing condition” templates. The consultation response document is published here.