The Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance (Temporary Modifications) Regulations 2021

Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Commencement: 29th May 2021


  • The Emissions Performance Standard Regulations 2015 (UK)
  • The Renewables Obligation Order 2015 (England and Wales)

Mini Summary

The Emissions Performance Standard Regulations 2015 (UK) establish a monitoring and enforcement regime for the Emissions Performance Standard (EPS) which was introduced in the Energy Act 2013. The EPS imposes an annual limit on carbon emissions from new fossil fuel plants.

This Renewables Obligation Order 2015 (England and Wales) consolidates and re-enacts the Renewable Obligation Order 2009, as amended. It imposes an obligation, on all electricity suppliers licensed under the Electricity Act 1989 which supply electricity in England and Wales, to produce a certain number of renewables obligation certificates in respect of each megawatt hour of electricity that each supplies to customers in England and Wales during a specified period known as an obligation period. It also bands the different technologies that are used to generate electricity from renewable sources.


The definition of the Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance (CHPQA) Standard in The Emissions Performance Standard Regulations 2015 (the ‘2015 Regulations‘) is updated to introduce Issue 8 of the CHPQA Standard for a period of 12 months from 29th May 2021.

Issue 8 of the CHPQA Standard is a temporary easement to reduce the financial impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Scheme operators and to allow continuity of support under the CHPQA Programme for the 2021 certification process.

The temporary easement will allow Schemes to be recertified in 2021 where Scheme Operators can provide appropriate evidence of the impact that lockdowns and other COVID-19 restrictions have had on the operation of their Schemes.

Minor changes are also made to the 2015 Regulations by removing references to Directive 2012/27/EU on Energy Efficiency as the UK has left the EU.

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