Government issued with legal threat over FIT cuts
The government has been warned to change its plans to cut feed-in tariff payments or risk being taken to court.
Friends of the Earth has written to climate change minster Greg Baker today saying that a consultation into government plans to cut FIT for domestic electricity generation from photovoltaic panels from 43p/kilowatt hour to 21p/kWh was unlawful.
The consultation was launched on Monday 31 October but is scheduled to finish on 23 December, while the government is proposing to bring in the changes on any installation completed after 12 December.
The green group told Mr Barker that unless the government agrees to amend its proposals by 4pm on Friday 11 November, it will commence court proceedings
Craig Bennett, FoE policy and campaigns director, said: ‘The government is breaking the law with its plans to fast-track a solar industry kill-off - as well as jeopardising thousands of jobs and countless clean energy projects across the country.
‘Significant time and money has been invested planning solar schemes for homes, schools and libraries - giving them just six weeks to install is completely unacceptable, and schemes have already been scrapped.
‘Ministers must amend their proposals and extend the deadline for solar tariff payments, or face a judicial review.
‘With soaring fossil fuel bills and mounting anger about the big six energy firms, the government should be encouraging people and communities to generate their own clean electricity - not destroying a new industry in its infancy.’
Inside Housing has launched a Green Light campaign calling on the government to provide the financial support for social landlords to protect tenants from fuel poverty through delivering the green deal and installing photovoltaic panels on their roofs.