Boffin’s guide to the tariffs
Links to the full details and documents for all the background to the Feed-In Tariffs
Firstly, have you read the rest of this website? If not go away and do that first – this is the most comprehensive analysis anywhere of the UK’s Feed-In Tariffs scheme.
Reviews to the legislation
First Review of the Tariffs 2011/12
- DECC review web-page, ministerial statement and DECC Press release
- Consultation, and subsequent decision, on the Fast-Track Review
- Decision on the subsequent amendment to extension provisions
- Consultation, and subsequent decision, on Phase 1 of the Comprehensive review
- Consultation, and subsequent decision, on Phase 2A of the Comprehensive review
- Consultation, and subsequent decision, on Phase 2B of the Comprehensive review
Administration of the Feed-In Tariffs
Much of the regulation is undertaken by the electricity suppliers and effected by:
- The modifications to the electricity supply licences
- The further modifications to implement the ‘Fast-Track Review’
- The further modifications to implement Phase 1 of the Comprehensive Review
- The further modifications to implement Phase 2A of the Comprehensive Review (too large to upload, but available here)
- The tariff levels table on the Ofgem website (but you may find ours more user-friendly)
Here are some of the detailed guidelines for administering the Tariffs.
- Current guidelines on administration of the Tariffs
- Ofgem’s user guide for the central FIT Register
- Treatment of grants and Tariffs
- Definition of generating equipment
and here is a link to Ofgem’s quarterly newsletter on the FITs.
Tax and Treasury issues
- Our associate company’s letter to the Treasury on tax exemption
- The Treasury’s response
- The Pre-Budget Report (PBR) 2009 – overview
- Chapter 7 of the PBR (where the tax exemption is covered in 7.37 on page 127)
- The Budget 2011 (where FITs-related EIS and VCT changes are covered in paragraph 2.38)
- The consultation on the changes to the EIS rules
- The consultation on removing FITs-eligible technologies from Enhanced Capital Allowances
Background to the legislation
Here are the originals of the primary documents which have led to the introduction of the Feed-In Tariffs
The Energy Act 2008
The industry blueprint for the Feed-In Tariffs and Renewable Heat Incentive
The initial consultation and related documents:
- Consultation document
- Regulatory Impact Assessment
- So-called ‘Quantitative Issues‘
- So-called ‘Qualitative Issues‘
- Summary of responses to the consultation
The adopted design of the FITs following the consultation:
- Response and final design
- Electricity supplier licence modifications
- Notes on above licence modifications
The Statutory Instruments putting these arrangements into action
- SI 678 of 2010 was approved on 30th March 2010 and is available here
- An amendment was made in SI 1181 of 2011 on 30th May 2011 to clarify the regulations for hydro and some accreditation details
But much of the implementing regulation is in the modifications to the licences for electricity suppliers under ‘Administration’ below.
The Coalition Government’s programme
The government appointed in May 2010 was expected to continue to show strong support.
Their Coalition Programme makes specific references to the tariffs and related issues on pages 16 and 17.
Public Spending Review 2010
This made reference to the tariffs, though much has since changed.
Our input to the regulatory process
FITs and the RO
- The House of Commons published this handy overview of the status in June 2011