Saturday, 10 December 2011

Last minute Feed-in Tariff Installations.

I'd like to give a big thumbs-up to all of the  teams who have been working in appalling conditions over the past week trying to complete installations before the 12th December deadline.I suspect that every householder has been begging the companies involved to give them the highest priority.

I'm not terribly happy up a ladder on a balmy summers day. The thought of gale force winds and icy roofing slates whilst rushing to complete a job, quite frankly terrifies me. It can't be much fun for electricians, who have to make all of those fiddly wiring connections with icy, and wet fingers.

A High Court ruling has rejected permission for interested parties to mount a legal challenge over the Government’s proposal to cut the feed-in tariff. The parties involved in the legal challenge believe that the disparity between the enforcement date of the proposed measures and the end of the consultation period are illegal. However, the High Court has moved to reject the legal challenge.

The irony of all of this frantic activity is that it may all have been in vain…..

I realise that under David Cameron's leadership the government seems to be unconcerned about our European responsibilities, but the European Commission is now threatening to take the Government to court over its controversial decision to cut solar-power subsidies by half.

The Commission became the latest party to question the move publicly, revealing that it had contacted the UK Government as it investigates the impact of the cut. An EU Energy Commissioner, said: "Whenever member states revise their support for support schemes for renewable energy, they need to do so in a manner which does not destabilise the renewable-energy industry or risk undermining their plans to achieve their 2020 targets."

The Government is legally obliged to generate 15 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

The EU spokesman said "Should the UK weaken policies in such a way that it would threaten progress towards their targets, the commission would take action, launching legal proceedings if necessary."

The head of the Solar Trade Association, Howard Johns, commented that the proposed subsidy cut "had definitely destabilised the industry". The cuts threaten about 10,000 jobs in the UK solar-power industry, or around 40 per cent of the total, he said. Last week, Carillion, the construction giant, warned that the FIT changes threatened about 1,500 jobs at the company.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: "We are committed to meeting the 15 per cent 2020 renewable target. Our Renewable Roadmap sets out that solar would have a relatively limited role in cost-effective delivery of the overall target."

Whilst the Prime Minister seems to have tremendous loyalties and commitment, to the City of London's financial services and banking generally,as demonstrated by his veto at this weeks EU leaders summit, I'm less certain that environment, or renewable targets occupy his thoughts very often.

I think he needs to be looking for solutions to the problems which will affect  all of us in the future, rather than vested interests in the City...


1 comment:

  1. According to the Housing Energy forum the biggest threat to future Solar PV is the massive own goal by DECC through the early cut off. More panic buy fittings have been made in the last four weeks (said to be 10,000 a week) than would probably ever have been fitted before April 2012 with a sensible lead in time.

    The MCS scheme is now effectively bankrupt and seems unlikely to run past June 2012 at the latest.

    The rent a roof funders are said to be just taking a breather until 12th December is out the way. Then all the schemes will be back up and running, there is still enough money to be made at 21p for them at least until April when the aggregate scheme and EPC requirements come in, assuming they stay in after the so-called 'consultation'.