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Renewables Obligation

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the effect on levels of competition of the cap on the number of renewables obligation certificates available for co-firing of regular biomass. (305178)

We commissioned Oxera to look at the effects of the co-firing cap. Its report was published as part of the Renewables Energy Financial Incentives consultation and can be found at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/consultations/elec_financial/elec_financial.aspx

We are currently drafting the Government Response addressing this issue.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what account he took of the findings of the report prepared by Oxera for his Department in his decision not to remove the cap on the number of renewables obligation certificates available for the co-firing of regular biomass; and what the reasons were for his decision. (305179)

We have consulted on whether to amend the co-firing cap as part of the Renewables Energy Financial Incentives consultation which closed on 15 October 2009. The Oxera Report was prepared for DECC as part of this consultation process. We are currently drafting our response.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with Ofgem on the effect on the level of contribution of biomass to the renewable energy targets of retaining the cap on the number of renewables obligation certificates available for the co-firing of regular biomass. (305180)

In its response to the Renewables Energy Financial Incentives consultation, Ofgem expressed their concern that the cap constrains the contribution to our renewable energy targets from a relatively low-cost renewable technology. We are currently drafting the Government Response addressing these issues.