14 August 2007 | Antony Barton
Suppliers have just over two weeks left to prove they meet "green" energy targets, or face fines.
The Renewables Obligation, administered by energy regulator Ofgem, requires electricity suppliers to source part of their energy from renewable generators. Beginning at 3 per cent in 2002-03, the percentage of clean energy for 2006-07, which ended in March, was 6.7 per cent.
UK power suppliers must prove, by 1 September, they produced a total of 21,629,676 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean power, or pay £33.24 for every MWh shortfall.
Any supplier that fails to meet the obligation will be in breach of the Electricity Act 1989 and liable to enforcement action.
Energy providers must meet their "green" obligation while assuring customers of reliable supplies. The government insisted last November that energy supplies will be sufficient and secure over the next few years (Web news, 27 November 2006).