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Chris Huhne breaks promise to microgeneration pioneers

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 21 September 2010 at 10:06 am

Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion) (Green):  Will the Government backdate the clean energy cashback scheme and any future renewable heat incentive to ensure that those who pioneer the technology are properly rewarded and supported?

Chris Huhne: The hon. Lady makes a point that is dear to my heart, not only in the context that she raises, but in that of, for example, the feed-in tariff for wind. Unfortunately, I do not benefit from that tariff as a pioneer. I considered the issue carefully on a value-for-money basis, and I am afraid that the advice from my officials was clearly that we cannot introduce retrospection in such cases because it does not represent value for money. We are trying to introduce new schemes in future, and therefore, sadly, the only incentive and payback that people such as the hon. Lady and I will get is the warm glow of being pioneers.

From Hansard, 16 September 2010


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Green energy Why bother

Green energy Why botherComment left on: 26 September 2010 at 7:31 am

My wife and I are both pensioners who spent £10000 of our savings on PV panels in December 2008 because we thought it was the right thing to do. We used to get 28p per kwh for each unit exported. Since 1st April we have received nothing and now our power supplier (Atlantic) is asking that we increase our monthly direct debit by £42 per month to cover our electricity usage, despite the fact we are generating more than we are using so in fact the supplier owes us for the energy we have exported. We do not feel any warm glows and I think such comments are facitous and infantile. Get reel Mr Huhne and honour your promises and then perhaps ploiticians may get a little more respect. Especially from pensioners who seem to be an easy target for all of you.

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The Green Electrician

The Green ElectricianComment left on: 23 September 2010 at 12:10 pm

A 'warm glow' is not what our customers want, this is truly condescending. Not only are the pioneers of Solar PV missing out on the full feed-in tariff incentive, but many have had their original rates with the electricity suppliers cut due to the transfer from ROCS, so this is a double blow. We have all been mislead.  What will the next u-turn be I wonder?

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burble61Comment left on: 22 September 2010 at 2:23 pm

Earlier in the Hansard record, Mr Huhne was quoted as saying... 

"As a ministerial team, one of the things that we are determined to do is try to ensure that we have a framework, so that when we make an offer to provide an incentive for renewable energy, investors can rely on it. We are determined to avoid some of the criticism that has been made of our EU partners......"

 Well given the integrity of his ministerial team so far, this investor won't be relying on anything they say. I suspect the irony is completely lost on him....

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mcfi5dhcComment left on: 21 September 2010 at 1:20 pm

As well as being condesending with his "warm glow" comment, Chris Huhne has now permanently alienated thousands of future voters. It is not such a simple case of economics within Westminster has Mr Huhne says. Both the Tories and the Lib Dems PROMISED that pioneers would be fairly paid, and they should honour that agreement now, regardless of cost. I cannot see how it could possibly cost more for the DECC to reward pioneers with the same payout as they don't pay out the cash! He is simply doing it, because there is nothing we as pioneers can do about it. They lie, we vote, they then tell the truth. Same old stories again. I would bet, that they had no intention of ever introducing this - time will see. Please do not invest it anything unless you are 100% convinced that the incentive is there (if you need the incentive). Do not believe "We promise to pay RHI at xyz date", instead wait until you have absolute confirmation.

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