Calling all Community Energy Scotland / Community Land Scotland members who are receiving FiT payments for their renewable energy project; and for those who may wish to develop a project. Your input is vital to help make the case to retain the FiT and the opportunity to develop further FiT scale projects.
On 27 August, DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) launched a public consultation about a suite of proposed measures to ‘control costs’ relating to the Feed-in Tariff scheme, introduced in 2012 as “the Government’s main policy measure to encourage the deployment of small-scale low-carbon electricity generation in Great Britain”. The consultation closes on 22nd October.
The main intention of these measures is to reduce the amount of financial support that is given to those who install renewable energy generators, eg, solar PV or wind turbines. We think this will make many schemes unworkable as the investment in the current technology will not provide the necessary income to cover costs within a reasonable time-scale.
There is a serious risk that community energy projects will be particularly hard hit despite their wider benefits. Community Energy Scotland will be responding on behalf of our community members but groups and individuals are encouraged to respond directly as well.