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Feed-in tariff for early adopters: an update

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 6 August 2010 at 10:28 am

Prior to the general election, the Conservatives promised that early adopters of microgeneration technologies would receive full feed-in tariffs (and not the much lower 9p rate currently on offer). Since the coalition government formed there has been a deafening silence from Whitehall on the subject. 

We've just had word that it is still on the agenda. The following is an extract of a letter sent from DECC to a YouGen user's MP:

"As we set out in the Coalition Programme of  Government, we have committed to establishing a full system of FiTs for  electricity. As part of this, we are currently looking at features of the  FiTs scheme to see what changes we may need to make; always bearing in  mind, of course, the difficult fiscal position in which we now all  operate.

"We are working to announce decisions on  FiTs, including the eligibility of early adopters of small-scale, low-carbon electricity technologies for support under the scheme, as soon as  possible."

The good news is that it's still on the agenda - they haven't ruled it out. The bad news is that "as soon as possible" is quite an elastic time frame and, of course, the reference to the difficult fiscal position!


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AnthonyComment left on: 8 December 2010 at 4:27 pm

Hi Cathy,

Thanks for your e-mail. 

After four 'phone calls to EDF today, the final result is that, after moving offices recently, EDF have "mislaid" my FIT application form and all the enclosures.  They know they have had all the details as it is all on their computer, but Offgem have to have hard copy - so they are sending me another form and, after over 2 months wait, I now have to start all over again with a new form, passport copy, MCS Certificate etc etc.

The result of this is that, without accreditation, I have missed their meter reading period this month and will now have to wait until March for the first payment to come through.

Not much else I can do I suppose except go along with it all!!



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Cathy Debenham

Cathy DebenhamComment left on: 8 December 2010 at 10:24 am

Hi Anthony

I haven't heard from many people complaining about this recently, but registration generally has been slow. The electricity companies and Ofgem weren't given much time to get their systems set up prior to the introduction of the feed-in tariff, and there were also a lot of people who had installed prior to its introduction who also needed to be registered.

When I spoke to Ofgem a few months ago they anticipated clearing the backlog by 1 October. So things should be running much more smoothly by now. What is EDF giving as the reason for the delay when you telephone them?

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AnthonyComment left on: 7 December 2010 at 11:53 am

Following having solar panels fitted, I completed the FIT application form to EDF energy on 1st October. We are still not registered despite several 'phone calls to EDF. Is this delay normal?

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Brian Marsh

Brian MarshComment left on: 25 August 2010 at 1:06 pm

This is going to be a difficult area given that there were grants available for early adopters, and there is one train of thought that says the early adopters didn't need the incentive of the FiTs, they bought it anyway.

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