REA criticizes gov’t over biomass and solar plans
September 11, 2012, London, UK – Recently published DECC consultations for solar power and biomass power/CHP have raised more questions than it answered, according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA).
The first consultation for solar PV proposes cutting support by 25% from two ROCs to 1.5 ROCs per MWh from 2013. The REA believes that 25% is asking too much of PV at this stage.
“The largest PV projects now match the costs of offshore wind (which also gets two ROCs per MWh), but are not necessarily 25% cheaper,” said REA chief executive Gaynor Hartnell in a statement.
The second consultation for biomass power and CHP introduces new levels of complexity for biomass projects, and puts a limit on the amount of plant coming through. Biomass currently has to demonstrate greenhouse gas savings of 60% compared to fossil generation in order to qualify for support under the RO (1.5 ROCs per MWh for dedicated biomass and 2 ROCs per MWh for CHP).
“Proposing to cap the amount of new dedicated biomass generation is not helpful at a time when we should be bringing forward as much of the cheaper renewables as we can,” said Hartnell.
Furthermore, biomass CHP, a highly efficient use of biomass, has received little investment because the CHP uplift under the RO will be withdrawn in 2015.
REA organized an open letter from over 200 companies and organizations to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in July, urging them to put renewables at the heart of the Government’s growth strategy, to overcome party politics, and to address the burgeoning complexity of the renewables policy framework.
“Renewables can support a much bigger and broader vision for jobs and growth than we’ve seen so far from this Government, as Lord Deben, Chair of the Government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change, made plain this weekend. First Government needs to acknowledge that, and then we need a stable and effective policy framework to achieve it,” said Hartnell.
“Instead of ramping up progress, Government is actually making the project development process unworkable for some technologies. The Coalition must focus not only on the tremendous benefits renewables have to offer the UK, but also on the overall framework and approach, which has become overly complex and debilitating.”