Scottish Government announcement on the Renewables Obligation

Posted on 13 September 2012

The Scottish Government has today responded to the review and consultation on the Scottish Renewables Obligation undertaken earlier this year.

As was the intention, this maintains consistency wherever possible with the UK Government’s response in July.

All new legislation will apply from 1 April 2013 unless otherwise stated.

Further consultation will take place to exclude onshore wind, hydro, anaerobic digestion and solar PV below 5MW from April 2013. Under this proposal, they will be supported by the Feed-in-Tariff scheme instead.

We have summarised the response below, for any further information please contact us.

Onshore wind

  • Reduced to 0.9ROC until 2017


  • Remain at 1ROC until 2017

Anaerobic Digestion

  • 2ROCs in 2013-14 and 2014-15
  • 1.9ROCs in 2015-16
  • 1.8ROCs in 2016-17

Solar PV

  • Subject to re-consulation

Offshore wind

  • 2ROCs in 2013-14 and 2014-15
  • 1.9ROCs 2015-16
  • 1.8ROCs in 2016-17
  • Further consultation to introduce separate band for floating turbines

Wave and Tidal

  • 5ROCs up to 30MW
  • 2ROCs above

Dedicated Biomass

  • 1.5ROCs until 31 March 2016
  • 1.4ROCs from 1 April 2016
  • Further consultation to introduce supplier cap and 10MW capacity ceiling

Dedicated Biomass with CHP

  • 2ROCs in 2013-14 and 2014-15
  • Further consultation to remove support from 1 April 2015 (dependant on RHI)

Grace Period

This will be introduced to allow generators to retain an existing band if it is set to be reduced, subject to one of two circumstances.

  • The period will be for 6 months from 1 April 2013
  • 20 year support period will apply from the date of accreditation within grace period
  • For grid connection delays, generators will need to provide a copy of the connection agreement and written confirmation in conjunction with the network operator that delay beyond 31 March 2013 was not due to any breach of the connection agreement by the network operator or developer of the generating station.
  • For radar upgrades, generators must provide written confirmation in conjunction with the relevant parties to an agreement for radar installation/upgrade that the delay was not due to any breach of said agreement.


Grant Mackie, Director of The Greenspan Agency commented: “This response by the Scottish Government is mostly in line with our views, although the decision not to increase the level of support for Anaerobic Digestion to mirror that of Northern Ireland is disappointing.

“This would have given the agri-renewables industry the boost needed to roll out on-farm AD creating a big opportunity for the construction industry, and a good base load supply of electricity necessary to balance our energy portfolio.

“That said, if support for installations under 5MW is to be removed, developers at this scale will no longer have the choice between mechanisms and will proceed with the Feed-in-Tariff scheme.

“Greenspan have long been supporters of the Renewables Obligation, and feel it would be detrimental to the industry to remove support for sub 5MW projects.”