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1 October 1997
Time is running out for anyone seeking to influence the next round of renewable energy support in Britain. The deadline for comments on the structure of the fifth order of the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation (NFFO-5) is October 10. Hopes for substantial changes are dashed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which warns in its consultation document that the mechanism will follow the pattern of previous orders. The DTI is seeking views, however, on whether wind could achieve further price reductions and whether or not there should be separate bands for offshore wind and small projects. It also proposes simplifying the competition to shorten the timetable. A key element of this would be a one-shot "will secure" test. The DTI suggests a single stage tender together with contract schedule and final bid price from applicants by May 1998. This would allow the order to be set before the end of 1998. Energy minister John Battle says he expects to announce details of NFFO-5 later this year.
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