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Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation Amendments

18 March 2016

What is the new legislation:
The Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016
What is the amended legislation: The Renewables Obligation Order (Northern Ireland) 2009
Who does this affect: Northern Ireland
When does this change take place: 1st March 2016

These Regulations amend the Renewables Obligation Order (Northern Ireland) 2009 in order to introduce amendments to the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) relating to the reporting requirements and sustainability criteria for stations using solid biomass and biogas feedstocks to generate electricity. 

The amendments include:

  • Making compliance with sustainability criteria mandatory for generating stations of 1MW or above which use solid biomass and biogas;

  • Tightening the greenhouse gas emissions targets for 2020 and 2025 and averaging emissions across the year; and

  • Technical adjustments to the reporting requirements and sustainability criteria for solid biomass and biogas.

The full text of the Regulations may be found here.
Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk