Early micro-renewable energy generators are angry at the government for doing a U turn on promises relating to feed in tariffs (FITs).
The Tories and LibDems both promised equal FIT rates to early adopters of renewable energy in the run up to the general election. Now the coalition government has gone back on its word and the microgenerator’s campaign is calling on early adopters to let their MPs know how angry they are.
The campaign for fairness to early adopters of microgeneration will continue says campaign organiser Paul Truelove after the government’s official response on the 27 Oct 2010 to an e petition on the 10 Downing Street website. The coalition government response was:
“After careful consideration, we have decided that the scheme as it relates to early adopters should remain unchanged. Generators who had installed before 15 July 2009 will not be eligible for the full rate of FITs”.
Truelove believes the coalition Government has failed to recognise that without the early pioneers of alternative energy there would be no microgeneration industry in the UK. The very people who helped sustain the industry in the early days and support the Government, he says have been given one big “eco slap in the face”.
“Despite many attempts to bring common sense to the negotiation table the excuse of a difficult fiscal position has been used” said Truelove.
Truelove estimates that a new 2 Kwh installation installation fitted after 15 July 09 will get approximately £866 per year for the next 25 years compared with around £260 per year for the next 17 years for a system fitted 2 years ago. Both systems will benefit from reduced electricity bills of some £130 per year.
According to Truelove: “The early adopters supported the Governments initiatives to be Green. They are not wealthy people, they are ordinary folk who care about their energy consumptions and want to do their bit for the planet. Some of them used their savings to finance their systems knowing that the payback time would be over a long period of time. However, some of them will never see their systems paid for because of a clumsy, poorly implemented Feed in Tariff, “fairness for all” I don’t think so! We do not want more; just the same as others, after all we save the same Co2 and produce the same electricity“.