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FiT’s – Latest News on Governments proposed changes – 21st December 2011

The Governments proposed plans to cut Feed-in-Tariff rates have today been ruled by High Court Judge as ‘Legally Flawed’.  Link to article on Click Green Website 

Under the current Energy Act 2008 the Secretary of State must consult with licence holders and the Gas and Electricity Market Authority plus other appropriate persons. In addition the Secretary of State must allow 40 days for Parliament to review draft proposed changes to the Feed-in-Tariffs. If either house of Parliament resolves not to approve the draft then the Secretary of State cannot take any further action in relation to proposed changes.

The consultation period for the proposed changes in the tariff rates is open and not due to close until 23rd December 2011. Despite the ongoing consultation the Government had already issued its draft proposal for changes to the Feed-in-Tariffs in which they have stipulated that the changes would be effective from 12th December 2011. This position has been today been ruled as legally flawed.

Peter Fahy, EnergyMyWay Regional Director, comments “The ruling in the High Court today will allow those who were dissuaded or unable to proceed with a Solar PV installation to now confirm an installation date with increased confidence that the current tariff rates remain.”

 

James Eades

By: James Eades

Operations Director, James Eades is EnergyMyWay's in-house expert on renewable energy policy, microgeneration technologies and best practice in the renewable energy industry.