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GUARDIAN.CO.UK: Green energy firms fear new feed-in tariffs will be too low

Source:  Copyright 2010, Guardian
Date:  January 30, 2010
Original URL: Status ONLINE


The government will tomorrow publish the long-awaited levels of remuneration it will offer for renewable energy generated by households and communities and fed back into the national grid.

It hopes the new tariff will boost the growth of "micro-generation" by small-scale wind turbines, solar panels or hydro power. But there are fears in the renewable energy industry that the Department of Energy and Climate Change will make little or no upward adjustment to the tariff levels for clean electricity it proposed last year.

The DECC has been heavily lobbied by the big energy firms, and tomorrow's announcement has been delayed several times. The Clean Energy Cashback, or feed-in tariff, will reward households, businesses or communities by paying above-market rates for the electricity they produce and feed into the grid.

When the tariffs were unveiled last year, they were criticised for offering rates of return too low to encourage people to install ...

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