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Editor: David Keighley
18th October 2012

UK businesses will still be able to receive support for small-scale renewable energy technologies after Energy Minister Greg Barker announced a change in Government policy over qualification for the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme. Government had suggested excluding new small-scale solar, anaerobic digestion, onshore wind and hydro power installations of between 50kW and 5MW from the RO from next April. But following representations from industry, such schemes will now remain eligible for RO support.

"This decision is most definitely the right one and will be welcomed by all those in the renewables industry," said Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association, Gaynor Hartnell. "This is evidence of the Government's willingness to listen to sensible and constructive debate."

And at the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association, Chief Executive Charlotte Morton said: "We are very pleased with the speed at which DECC has responded to industry concerns and with ministers' recognition of the need for certainty to ensure investment in technologies such as AD."


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David Keighley

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