DECC FiTs appeal disappoints renewable groups

Renewable groups are disappointed DECC is pressing on with its appeal against the court ruling which found its cut to solar subsidy “unlawful”. Today the Department is lodging its appeal […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Renewable groups are disappointed DECC is pressing on with its appeal against the court ruling which found its cut to solar subsidy “unlawful”.

Today the Department is lodging its appeal with the Supreme Court to challenge both December’s Judicial Review on the solar Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) and the Court of Appeal’s ruling in January.

Trade body Renewable Energy Association said it was “disappointed” but its Chief Executive Gaynor Hartnell said the industry should look on the bright side.

She said: “We must not lose sight of the bigger picture. The recent consultation on Feed-in Tariffs published on 9th February 2012 has expanded the available budget and the level of ambition on display. Government is talking of achieving around three and a half times more solar capacity by 2015 than it had originally had in mind. The realisation is slowly dawning that solar can play a much bigger role in the future.”

However campaign group Friends of the Earth predicted a worrying outcome if DECC’s appeal is accepted.

Executive Director Andy Atkins said: “A successful appeal will allow Ministers to slash renewable energy subsidies at any time – even for solar panels and wind turbines that have been operating for years. “This misguided appeal will only add to the uncertainty hovering over the renewable clean energy industry and the tens of thousands of people it employs.”