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UK Energy Minister Huhne two faced on renewable energy

Critics said Mr Huhne’s announcement would create more uncertainty for investors at a time when the government should be encouraging the expansion of solar power to meet the UK’s renewable energy targets.

Huhne accused of green energy confusion, FT.com / UK, By David Blair,  February 7 2011 Chris Huhne, the energy and climate change secretary, has announced a “comprehensive review” of the tariff system designed to encourage solar power, sparking accusations that he is creating more “uncertainty” for the renewable energy sector……

The government has set aside £400m for the feed-in tariffs, but this will be cut by 10 per cent by 2014-15. The “risk of an increasing number of large-scale solar farms” could push this goal “off track”, added a statement for the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Mr Huhne said he would reassess all aspects of the feed-in tariffs scheme, including the eligibility of technologies. He pledged to complete the review by the end of this year and leave tariffs unchanged until April 2012. Changes will apply only to new entrants: existing solar installations will be unaffected.

Critics said Mr Huhne’s announcement would create more uncertainty for investors at a time when the government should be encouraging the expansion of solar power to meet the UK’s renewable energy targets.

It is unclear how the government will define an undesirably big solar power proposal. Leonie Greene, from the Renewable Energy Association, said: “Pretty much everything beyond domestic level is really up in the air.”

She added: “The government places such an emphasis on community schemes, but this announcement could impact on those run by schools and hospitals . . .They have gone too far in terms of escalating the uncertainty and we’re probably worried now about anything above the domestic sector.”

FT.com / UK / Politics & policy – Huhne accused of green energy confusion

February 8, 2011 - Posted by | politics, renewable, UK

1 Comment »

  1. What recreational drug are they on?
    They will do a review by the end of the year and in the meantime leave those firms who have invested in land, design and feasibility studies, but unable to build their solar farms by August, hung out to dry.
    How typical of government, how typical of bureaucrats, and the useless like.
    Politicians speak of the private sector taking up the slack while the Coalition downsizes and cuts – but why would the Private sector want to help an unreliable partner, a partner that only understands a relationship biased only in its favour, that puts out mixed messages year after year.
    Who would be stupid enough to believe in the British Government who are untrustworthy, dis-ingenuous, liars, exploiters.
    To change the rules on solar energy feed in tariffs at this point in the development of alternative energy is pure STUPIDITY.
    To leave the average financially challenged householder to take up this challenge is stupid and unrealistic.
    Individual houses fitted with solar panels look frightful – a visual horror.
    The large companies, local authorities, airport authorities etc should encouraged to develop this technology.
    Sack the Minister and RETHINK

    Comment by George Hesse | June 19, 2011 | Reply


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