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The letter warns that the Government would “struggle” to alleviate fuel poverty and reach a 12% renewable heat target for 2020 without the aid of solar thermal installations

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Solar industry fights RHI subsidy cut

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Energy intensive industries in the UK are currently spending around £390m a year through energy policy costs

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MPs launch fresh enquiry into UK's renewable heat and transport targets

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The proposed reforms of the Renewable Heat Incentive come as the UK remains way behind a self-imposed target of generating 12% renewable heat by 2020

Government proposes major RHI reform with removal of support for solar thermal

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The response also called for “consistent application of standard” and a “clear direction of travel” in order to build investor confidence.

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DECC's Paul van Heyningen was speaking at a Food and Drink Federation event in London. Photo: FDF

Carbon reduction incentives could ease 'complex' policy landscape, says DECC

UK businesses are operating within a "complex" energy policy environment and need to engage with Government over the potential introduction of new financial incentives to stimulate carbon reductions, a DECC official has claimed.

Outside of technology, the EIC report also calls for the establishment of a statutory Air Quality Committee

EV's 'too expensive' to tackle air pollution alone, says EIC

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80% of participants believe that the FiT changes will reduce annual installation capacity by 80%

FiT cuts would 'cripple' 70% of solar industry, survey finds

A new survey launched on the back of the Government's controversial feed-in tariff (FiT) consultation has found that 70% of solar installers are concerned that the anticipated cuts to subsidies could 'cripple' their financial stability.

The STA is calling for £95m in subsidies over the next three years

£1 solar rescue plan gets cross-party backing

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