Feed-in-Tariffs (FITs)

DEFINITION: A Government programme introduced to help renewable electricity generators overcome the cost disadvantages of installing and operating renewable energy technology. If a householder, community or business has an eligible installation (less than 5MW), FITs pay them a subsidy for the electricity they generate, as well as a bonus for any electricity exported back to the grid.

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The Government's decision to axe the Feed-In Tariff (FiT) scheme will leave dozens of UK community groups "struggling to make the business case" for new small-scale solar projects, think tank Green Alliance has warned.

Onshore wind and solar developers have been unable access subsidies since the government closed the Renewables Obligation scheme to new applicants

Doubts raised over viability of 'subsidy-free' renewables

Senior figures from the energy and finance industries have declared doubts over the feasibility of building "subsidy-free" renewables at scale without some form of revenue stabilisation.

The plaintiffs are composed of groups representing communities in virgin forest areas of the EU and the US

European lawsuit on biomass rules threatens Drax plant

A coalition of environmental campaigners has launched a court bid to stop the European Commission treating forest grown wood as a renewable source of energy.

Reaching a target of more than 30% of electricity coming from offshore wind would also mean that 70% of Britain’s energy would be from renewable sources

Government throws its weight behind offshore wind power expansion

The government will throw its weight behind an expansion in the use of offshore wind power in the hope the renewable energy source will provide a third of the UK's electricity by 2030.

The two facilities will generate enough energy annually to power 18,000 homes (Pictured: Gridserve founder Toddington Harper)

Warrington Council moves towards energy self-sufficiency with major solar and storage deal

Two industrial-scale solar farms and a 27MW battery storage facility are set to be installed in York and Hull before the end of next year, after funding for the project closed today (28 February).

Progress on fossil fuel subsidies and coal has been too slow so far to reach global decarbonisation targets, the WRI has warned

Analysis warns of lack of progress on 2020 global emissions target

Removing coal from the global energy mix is taking too long, too many forests are still being destroyed, and fossil fuel subsidies are ongoing despite their distorting effect on the market, a new study has found.

The EU spent €55bn on fossil fuel subsidies in 2016, with the UK contributing €12bn

UK revealed as EU champion of fossil fuel subsidies

The UK spends the most of any EU nation on subsidising fossil fuels, according to a new report by the European Commission, which also found that EU-wide payments have failed to decrease despite the bloc's commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The EAC claims that less than 1% of UKEF's energy financing was used for renewables in 2016

MPs to examine environmental impact of UK's export credit agency

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has launched an inquiry into the sustainability efforts being made by UK Export Finance (UKEF), following claims that the body's financing of fossil fuels overseas is at odds with the aims set out in the UK's Clean Growth Strategy.

The paper highlights uncertainty over the timing of auctions and delivery years

Volume-based renewable auctions needed to meet emissions targets

Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions must be reformed to fill a looming hole in the UK's carbon budgets, Cornwall Insight has argued in a new report.

Former National Grid boss Steve Holliday: Britain is undergoing a chaotic energy revolution

Former National Grid boss Steve Holliday has championed the role that businesses and innovators have played in igniting a "chaotic revolution" in the energy sector, by accelerating demand for renewable energy and battery storage installations.

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The supersizing of windfarms around the British coastline means Walney Extension will not hold its title for long. Image: Ørsted

World's largest offshore windfarm opens off Cumbrian coast

The world's biggest offshore windfarm has officially opened in the Irish Sea, amid warnings that Brexit could increase costs for future projects.

The installations are double the previous annual record set in 2013 and account for one-fifth of total onshore wind capacity in the UK

Policy to stifle onshore wind sector following record year for installations, report warns

The UK Government is risking billions of pounds of new investment opportunities by failing to open up new avenues to deployment for the onshore wind sector, according to a new report from industry body RenewableUK.

The expanded solar park is set to increase the park's renewable generation capacity tenfold

UK's first subsidy-free industrial solar project to power business park

A business park in Buckinghamshire is set to become the first facility of its kind in the UK to generate more solar than it requires, once the nation's first subsidy-free industrial solar installation is completed on the site.

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Is renewable energy just a 'passing trend' for businesses?

Despite the strong progress that the business world has made in driving the renewables revolution in recent months, a new survey of 1,000 UK-based utility decision makers has revealed that more than a quarter (27%) believe that renewable energy is "just a passing trend".

The data found that, on average, a kilowatt hour of electricity generated in 2017 produced 225 grams of C02, down from 483g in 2012

Wind power drives UK renewables to 30% share of electricity mix

Almost 30% of the UK's electricity in 2017 was generated from renewables, nearly a 5% increase on the previous year, as increased solar and wind installations continue to decarbonise the UK's energy and electricity mix.

The consultation paper states Government intervention may still be required to support solar and wind projects

No replacement for Feed-in Tariff 'major blow' for renewables

The Government has axed subsidies for new small-scale low-carbon electricity generation, sparking dismay from renewable energy bodies.

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British solar firms have been hit by a round of subsidy cuts in 2015 and 2016, as well as changes to business rates for buildings with rooftop solar

UK solar power growth halves for second year running

New solar power installations halved in the UK last year for the second year in a row, as the fallout of government subsidy cuts continued to shake the sector.

It was widely expected that many projects would be unable to compete in the post-ROC environment, but many new projects are beginning to compete in the subsidy-free era

Subsidy-free solar powers UK's renewable energy attractiveness

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Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, presents the EU’s post-2020 long-term budget proposals [© European Union, 2018 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service]

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