Clearing the air - or muddying the waters? The Government has published details of its reform package for the Feed-in Tariffs scheme to a predictably mixed response, even though some critics concede that the latest proposals do offer a 'significant improvement' on the original plans.
Energy Secretary Edward Davey says the latest Government FiT proposals "will put the scheme on a predictable, certain and sustainable footing for consumers and for the businesses delivering these exciting renewable technologies". And the solar industry is urging those considering PV installations to do it now, before any reductions in FiT come into effect.
However, manufacturers of small wind turbines have expressed disappointment that small wind turbines have now been grouped with much larger units - the DECC "has got its banding very wrong" said one producer.
Full details of the latest FiT proposals are available on the DECC website at www.decc.gov.uk.
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VEHICLES & TRANSPORT
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FUNDING & FINANCE
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LEGISLATION, REGULATION & STANDARDS
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