RenewableUK on Feed-in Tariff Review - Government recognises role of people power
17 December 2015
Responding to the publication today of the outcome of the Government’s Feed-in Tariff Review, RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Maria McCaffery, said:
“It’s good that the Government has listened carefully to our concerns about their original proposals, and has modified some of them based on evidence we have supplied.
The cuts in tariffs for small and medium-scale wind energy projects remain challenging, but they are not as severe as those originally proposed, meaning that a greater level of new capacity can come forward.
However, we do have concerns about the use of deployment caps and the pace of degression rates, as these may limit the abilities of homeowners, farmers and small businesses to get involved in generating their own power, and secure ongoing cost reduction.
We welcome the fact that the Government has heeded our requests on certain specific issues, such as re-introducing pre-accreditation for medium-scale wind projects - this means that developers will have confidence to invest and deliver cost savings. We are also pleased to see that our request for the introduction of a specific level of financial support for smaller turbines (50-100 kilowatts) has been accepted by Ministers.
The next steps are crucial – we need Government and industry to work together to set out a clear vision for small-scale renewables, tackling red tape and stimulating innovation. This will deliver subsidy-free renewables and bring power to the people.
The vast majority of the public wants us to make greater use of renewable energy in our homes, on our farms, and in our factories and offices. The Government has seen the benefits of this, and has gone some way towards heeding that message with the publication of today’s review”.
1. The outcome of DECC’s Feed-in Tariff Review
2. Background information on the Feed-in Tariff