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R-UK calls for wind FiT overhaul

Degression capacities need rethink for sub-500kW sector, says report

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Trade body RenewableUK has urged DECC to increase Feed-in Tariff degression capacities for the sub-500kW wind sector to support domestic turbine manufacturers.

Under the regime, a 10% degression is triggered when a pre-determined level of capacity is reached. The degression capacity is widely viewed as set so low that a degression is practically guaranteed.

While the Small and Medium Wind UK Market Report 2015 calls for an overhaul R-UK does not specify a recommended level of capacity.

The report also calls upon DECC to recognise that not all pre-accredited projects will be installed and make amendments to the preliminary accreditation policy process.

The industry is anticipating a FiT review, which is required every three years, sometime in the summer under the new government. The last FiT review, Phase 2B, came into effect in December 2012.

“It’s anyone guess as to when the outcomes of the review will be implemented,” said R-UK ?small and medium wind development manager Louisa Coursey. “It may be the autumn but it may not be until spring 2016.”

R-UK noted that 2014 was a good year for medium wind, which it defines as 100kW to 500kW, with installed capacity rising 60% year-on-year to 69.78MW.

However, small wind and in particular the 1.5kW-15kW sector has hit a wall. Annual installation of 1.5kW to 15kW wind was 2.31MW last year, a decline from 2.39MW in 2013.

The trade body said should DECC should reinstate the 15kW FiT bracket as a matter of urgency.

Image: the trade body claims the system could better support smaller wind projects (sxc.hu)

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