17 Feb 2009
I am puzzled by this statement from BT. The Defra consultation paper from June 2007 quite clearly states that:
"The use of electricity generated by onsite renewables that is not used to generate ROCs will be ‘zero-rated’ and would not give rise to any obligation to surrender allowances. This is to give the appropriate incentives for the use of on-site renewables. However, green tariff electricity supplied by the national grid will not be treated differently from standard tariffs."
Am I missing something?
18 Feb 2009
I think the issue is that the government has said BT cannot claim the 'ROC Payments' and announce that they are reducing their carbon emissions, since the ROC's will be sold on to electricity providers to fulfil their 'Renewables Obligation'. Therefore they argue this is counting the emissions twice and 'double accounting'.
I feel they should provide BT with the ROC payments anyway, and also allow them to claim they are reducing their carbon. In my view, they can claim what they like, just do the project.
The problem here is the confusing 'ROC' scheme. The answer is to establish a strong feed-in tariff, and relax the conditions on the ROC's so that companies like BT can claim them. BT ought to be able to claim ROC's like everyone else.
With so much money being give to banks and car manufacturers these days, lets at least give something to support renewable energy.