Government watchdogs call for evidence on FiTs change

The Government’s watchdogs for environment and energy are calling for evidence on the subsidy for solar energy, the Feed in Tariff (FiT), which this week was facing significant cut backs. […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Government’s watchdogs for environment and energy are calling for evidence on the subsidy for solar energy, the Feed in Tariff (FiT), which this week was facing significant cut backs.

Controversial proposals announced by Energy Minister Greg Barker on Monday see the FiTs slashed in half. While some in the industry say this is not as harsh as expected, many others have criticised the plans and fear it could nip growth in the bud.

The Environmental Audit Committee and Energy and Climate Change Committee will look at the way in which the Government has managed the solar FiT and examine the factors Government should consider when setting the rate of the Feed-in Tariffs in future, including the impact on electricity bills, ‘green jobs’, take-up of other renewables and energy-saving behaviours.