DECC’s latest announcement is another body blow to the Renewable Energy industry in the UK and will also have serious consequences for Community Energy Projects.
There is a proposal for significant changes to the Feed In Tariff (FIT) that is being consulted on that will have severe implications for all small scale renewable developments which includes Community Energy projects. This is an additional consultation to the pre-accreditation consultation that came out last month.
For more information on this consultation please click here. This consultation could put current and future community energy projects at serious risk and we need your help to respond.
In summary this proposal includes the following to be implemented from January 2016.
- Between 70% and 87% cuts to Solar PV FIT rates
- Average cuts of 54% to Wind from 23.3% to 100% in >1500kW
- Average cuts of 21.6% to Hydro rates
- Low quarterly deployment caps
- More aggressive degression system
This is likely to save consumers £6 on their annual electricity bill but will lead to 890,000 less installations and 6GW less capacity by 2021.
It appears unlikely these changes will have a significant impact on our energy bills. However, they could have serious impacts on the Renewable Energy industry, the Community Energy Sector, our future energy security, the future cost energy and our ability to meet our obligations to reduce carbon emissions. There are also over 100,000 people employed directly in this industry as well as those that are employed indirectly through the supply chain whose livelihoods could be at risk.
There are a number of ways that you can respond to this –
- You can feed directly into the consultation here. The consultation ends on the 23rd of October at 11.45am. A workshop is being held in Cardiff on the consultation on Monday the 28th of September. Details of this event can be found here.
- You can feed into CEW’s response to the consultation by e-mailing Robert@communityenergywales.org.uk
- You can contribute to this survey created by Community Energy Wales to assess the likely impact of this on the community energy sector in Wales. It will take around 10 minutes to complete and will give us a good picture of the social, economic and environmental impact of these changes. Please complete this before the end of September if possible.
- You can write to your MP. You can find out who your MP is here and CEW have designed a template letter that you can adapt to send to your MP.
- There is also an online petition relating to these changes that you can sign here.
- You can join 10:10’s campaign to KeepFITs, they will be featuring some Welsh projects as part of their campaign. This will provide an opportunity for any member of the public to feed into the consultation and be involved in a social media campaign.
- Regen SW have produced an excellent lobbying pack for your local MP and are encouraging a Collective Day of Action on the 16th of October. More details can be found here.
We will keep you updated with the latest developments so keep an eye on our website and twitter account.
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