2 days left to #Keepfits

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Westmill-energy-farm-coop-017The end of the government consultation into FiT’s is on the 23rd of October. If you like us are concerned about proposed changes  then sign up for one or all of the following campaigns to raise awareness and lobby MP’s to reconsider proposals. 

  • A brand new campaign, launched on the 22nd of September,  you can sign up to it here, if you are tweeting about FiT’s using the #keepfits hashtag.
  • Check out this new report by CAT partners  Good Energy which shows how renewables are actually driving down the wholesale price of electricity.
  • The solar trade association has announced the £1 to save solar plan. By putting just £1 on electricity bills in 2019 the necessary revenue can be generated to ensure the survival of the solar industry.
  • Friend of the Earth are running a campaign called Save Our Solar you can send a letter to your MP and take part in demonstrations at party political conferences.
  • Regen SW are organising a national day of action on the 16th of October to meet with your MP and express concern about proposed changes to FiT’s- download the lobby pack here
  • Action for renewables are setting up a campaign to lobby your MP and support FiT’s.
  • If you are looking for press contacts for your local area or would like further information and facts on FiT’s contact the Centre for Alternative Technology and let us know about it too.

In addition CAT has been working with other organisations such as the Permaculture Association, Southern Solar, Community Energy Wales, Community Energy England, Anemos, Dulas and Renewable UK Cymru to get media coverage around this important issue.

The Feed in Tariff scheme was set up in 2010 to promote small-scale renewables through ensuring householders, communities or businesses are paid a set tariff by electricity suppliers for the power their projects generate.

On the 27th of August, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced a review of the FiT scheme proposing a set of measures to including revised tariffs based on updated technology cost data, a more stringent degression mechanism and deployment caps leading to the phased closure of the scheme in 2018-19. The consultation proposes that if such measures cannot put the scheme on an affordable and sustainable footing then there should be an end to generation tariffs for new applicants as soon as legislatively possible as early as January 2016.

Reaction from across the Renewables Industry has been one of dismay, with 1000’s of jobs threatened. Howard Johns, author of Energy Revolution – a book about successful community energy initiatives around the world published this week said;

The Government’s latest proposals to cut the Feed in Tariffs will as currently suggested do irreparable damage to Britain’s rapidly expanding renewable energy industry. In particular, many groups of hard working people striving with their neighbours and friends to develop and build local renewable energy systems will be stopped in their tracks at the eleventh hour by these careless proposals.”

Emma Bridge, CEO of Community Energy England added:

If the Government’s community energy strategy launched in January 2014 is to be worth the paper it is written on, then the Government must retain workable incentives that support the community energy sector.

Commenting further, Adrian Ramsay, CEO of The Centre for Alternative Technology added:

We know that it is technically possible by 2030 for the UK to create a prosperous economy that generates zero carbon emissions by putting a major focus on energy efficiency measures and by and by using 100% renewable energy. It is paramount in this year of key climate negotiations that the UK government shows initiative and leadership to deliver this crucial objective.”