Following the flow chart in the letter and already having RO accreditation seems to suggest that we need to do nothing. Reading further on seems to suggest that we have to apply for the lower RO transfer tariff. Sending an e-mail to OFGEM generates an automatic response telling you that they are very busy and will reply in 2-5 days. They also suggest you contact the Energy Saving Trust. The advice to go to the EST is also in the letter form OFGEM. If you do as suggested and go to the Generate your own Electricity section and click on Sell your own Energy as well as some now out of date information on how much you can get for your power. there is a section on FITs.
In this section it says that if you installed before July 2009 and were registered for ROCs you have to contact OFGEM to transfer from ROCs to FITs.
We decided to go ahead and register online with OFGEM following the instruction in the letter to apply for an account. This done we waited until the next day as the account had to be set up and passwords set up.
Great. Now to switch from ROCs to FITs, a simple job we thought as we are already registered for ROCs and given the short time they have made available surely it will be straight forward. Not So. We have filled out what we think applies to us, but at no time was there a mention of FITs. No information about what to do specific from transferring from ROCs to FITs. Basically, what we have done is submit an application to register for the RO, something we already have.
We have wasted about three hours on this what with jumping from website to website fir information and are now fed up to say the least. We still don't know if we have done the right thing. What is really, really annoying is the impossibly short timescale given by OFGEM thanks to the very short notice received. Getting a paper copy posted is an option but our geographical location means that despite the Post Office being amazingly quick there is no way that we could achieve the 31st March deadline.
If Ed Milliband were here now he would be singing soprano.
The whole ROCs to FITS scheme seems to be surrounded by confusion and controversy. If anyone wants an example of this Governments incompetence, then they need look no further.
So, what have you all done? Are we just mistaken in what we are doing? I appeal to you for help, as it's not coming from OFGEM or the EST at the moment.
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