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Conservatives support fair treatment for all microgenerators

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 17 February 2010 at 9:07 am

If elected, the Conservatives will pay early adopters of microgeneration technologies the same rate of Clean Energy Cashback (the government's new financial incentive for renewable generation) as new installers according to a new campaigning website.

Charles Hendry, the shadow minister for energy says in an email to site founder Paul Truelove: "You will be pleased therefore to hear that we have decided that if a Conservative government is elected, we would ensure that microgeneration equipment installed before feed-in tariffs come into effect will nevertheless be entitled to the same terms as new installations".

Under DECC proposals due to come into force from April this year, existing microgenerators will get just 9p per kWh generated, compared with 41.3p new installers of solar panels will get. Mr Truelove has set up a petition on the Number 10 website calling on DECC and the prime minister to give fair treatment for early adopters of microgeneration systems, who are "saving the same CO2 and producing the same electricity".

This carries on from the campaign YouGen ran during the consultation period last year to alert those affected of the proposals, and encourage them to respond to the consultation. Sadly, DECC did not listen! As a result many of the early adopters will find they are worse off, statutory level of the feed-in tariff is less than the rates they were previously receiving from their energy company.

At YouGen, we think that this penny pinching is shortsighted. People who could be great ambassadors, encouraging the take up of renewable energy, are instead angry and disillusioned.

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Minvento

MinventoComment left on: 3 December 2012 at 11:32 am

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Cathy Debenham

Cathy DebenhamComment left on: 10 March 2010 at 12:45 pm

And here is the reply from DECC:

"Thank you for your enquiry.  The scheme is to be launched in April 2010 and the tariffs and their lifetimes are as published.  A review is planned for three years time which might change things for new applicants.   

Your question is a difficult one because the underlying issue is not specific to FITs:

·        in general terms governments don’t do things retrospectively and there are many published examples of that (where,  e.g., a benefit is reduced going forward for new recipients but retained for existing recipients).

·        in absolute terms Parliament can enact, amend or repeal any legislation it chooses."

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Cathy Debenham

Cathy DebenhamComment left on: 26 February 2010 at 10:31 am

I've just emailed DECC to confirm the answer to this question, and will post it here as soon as I get an answer.

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Cawoods.Net Ltd

Cawoods.Net LtdComment left on: 25 February 2010 at 12:44 pm

Agreed that as a minimum any new government should give the same FiT to all installations irrelevant to date of install.

Concerns over the future governments policy on the FiT is stalling a lot of potential customers decisions on investing in solar PV.  The question is asked '..could a future government pull the plug on the FiT, or is it a guaranteed sum for 25 years?'

Any answers? 

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