The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a consultation over its plans to widen the exemptions for contributing to renewable electricity support schemes.

Ministers are considering changes to the regulations, which would allow more energy-intensive industries (EIIs) to avoid contributing money to such schemes.

The current threshold for EIIs sits at 20% electricity intensity.

The BEIS is mulling moves to lower the level to 17%, 15% or even just 10%.

Impact on non-eligible businesses

The consultation will consider whether there is “evidence of potential competitive distortions as a result of the current eligibility threshold for the renewable electricity cost exemption schemes”.

It will also seek opinions on how to minimise the cost to non-eligible customers if the threshold is lowered.

The consultation closes on 7 September.

> View the consultation