MPs clash over FITs levels for community projects

Energy minister Charles Hendry defended changes to renewable power subsidies when he faced MPs.

Shadow energy minister, Huw Irranca-Davies, said community groups trying to set up renewables were now 'dead in the water.'

The MPs were addressing the House of Commons fourth delegated legislation committee on draft modifications to the standard conditions of electricity supply licences today (September 15).

MPs were discussing the government's changes to the Feed-In Tariff scheme made earlier this year.

Mr Irranca-Davies, said: "Up and down the country community schemes of over 50kw have been killed off.

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"Whilst it is very welcome, thank goodness, that a tariff for sub 50kws installations has not be tampered with... moderate cost effective community schemes which would have provides free energy and revenues are now effectively dead in the water.

"That is the tragic brutal truth of this yes minister saga."

Mr Hendry replied: "The issue was there was a scheme we supported in principle, but there were no break points because they (Labour) assumed there were no large schemes so no break points had been put in for regression

"What we wanted to do is encourage the smaller scale so we've kept the scheme for housing.

"There was a formal consultation on the changes the labour party, for all its noises today, did not respond to that consultation it did not make a single proposal

"Only now they've been saying we don't like, but they don't have a single figure for what they'd do, we've acted responsibly and in a way that lets this policy go forward."

After the debate Mr Irranca-Davies claimed to have given the government a 'bloody nose' on his twitter account.

Luke Walsh


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