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7 days left to register for feed-in tariff (from ROCs)

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 22 September 2010 at 2:22 pm

Around 1,500 early adopters of microgeneration haven't yet transferred from the renewable obligation (RO) scheme to feed-in tariffs. All microgenerators with a solar PV, wind or micro-hydro system of less than 50 kW) that was registered under the renewable obligation MUST fill out a form and return it to Ofgem by the deadline of 1 October 2010.

The deadline is written into legislation (although it's silent on what happens if you miss it). If you fall into this category you should already have received two letters from Ofgem asking you to fill out and return the form. Around 5,000 people have done so. If you are one of them, you should have received confirmation from Ofgem. So if you think that you have, but don't have confirmation, it's worth checking. You can ring Ofgem on 020 7901 7310. If you haven't, get registering now, otherwise you probably won't get any payments at all. As long as Ofgem receives the form by 1 October, all payments will be backdated to 1 April 2010.


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John Smith

John SmithComment left on: 23 September 2010 at 4:55 pm

Having not received confirmation from OFGEM I called my agents, SSE, and was told that OFGEM are too busy to send out confirmations and that we should get the contracts in October.

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Cathy Debenham

Cathy DebenhamComment left on: 23 September 2010 at 4:13 pm

Here's a question I received this morning, and my answer.

Q: My Feed-in Tariff forms have been sitting in my tray for ages and I don't seem to be able to motivate myself that its worth bothering filling in all the endless info they require. What happens if I do and what if I don't?

A: If you fill the forms in you will get 9p a kWh for all electricity generated plus 3p a kWh for everything you generate until 2027. If you don’t, it’s not entirely clear what happens as the legislation doesn’t say, but the risk that you won’t get anything at all. The FiTs proposals definitely said that microgenerators won’t be able to access ROCs any more.

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Cathy Debenham

Cathy DebenhamComment left on: 23 September 2010 at 4:10 pm

My impression, when talking to Ofgem, was that they'd sent the forms for people transferring from renewable obligation to feed-in tariffs direct to the generator, rather than to the agent, and that the confirmation would also have gone to the individual. Its spokeswoman said that there is a backlog in migrating those who have already filled out the form, and that may be what SSE is referring to. So far Ofgem has migrated around 2,000 of the 5,000 who've already sent back forms. They aim to get them all done by 1 October.

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