The Feed in Tariff is a Government initiative that is designed to reward people for creating sustainable energy. It can provide money from your energy supplier for the electricity you produce. This applies to any you use yourself and surplus that is exported to the grid.
The UK’s Feed in Tariff only applies to small scale electricity generation and pays a fixed sum. The Feed in Tariff is only available to renewable sources that produce up to 5 MW power. There are only five types of renewable or low carbon technologies that are eligible: photovoltaic, wind, hydro, anaerobic digestion and micro CHP. To apply for a Feed in Tariff the installation must be in Great Britain and be fitted with a Government approved meter.
Photovoltaic systems that generate less than 50kW have to apply to the Government for a Microgeneration Certification Scheme certificate and the installation must be carried out by a MCS-certified installer.
Ofgem is the Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets. Ofgem promote competition in the market in order to safeguard consumers and help to combat climate change through sustainable development. Ofgem are committed to Government wide initiative to improve the environment. Ofgem are involved with the Feed in Tariff. Part of Ofgem’s role is to maintain the Central Feed in Tariff register for Government. This is a database of accredited installations.
Ofgem also administer and accredit small scale generators and ensuring that suppliers comply with Feed in Tariff requirements as set out by the Government.
General complaints about Feed in Tariff licensees can’t be taken to Ofgem. They have to be directed to the licensee and then onto the Energy Ombudsman. Further information can be found on the Ofgem website or by contacting the Ofgem Consumer Affairs Team on the phone or by mail.
Feed in Tariff payments are not made through the Government as you might think. The energy suppliers have been tasked by the Government to provide the Feed in Tariff to their customers. Tariff rates are adjusted annually and are set by Government.