Feed-In Tariff Legislation

Feed-In Tariffs are a policy mechanism which pay money to those who create their own renewable energy; be it homeowners or businesses. The policy has been put in place to encourage the use of renewable energy.

The creation of the 2008 Energy Act gave Feed-In Tariff‘s their initial introduction into UK legislation. For the time being, Feed-In Tariffs in the UK are acting upon renewable electricity only; however, in April 2011, renewable heat incentive for technologies such as solar hot water and biomass boilers will also begin. The previous government set up the tariffs by passing secondary legislation in March 2010. However, with a new government now in power, will the legislation change in any way?

For advocates of renewable energy sources, the outlook is good. David Cameron is reportedly a long time supporter of the feed-in tariff mechanism as a way of promoting clean energy and driving investment in new technologies that will be essential in cutting carbon dioxide emissions.

In addition to this, a key change is being made to the legislation which will please early users of microgeneration systems. Previously, the legislation had outlined that new users of microgeneration systems would be paid far more than users who had deployed their technology before the 15th of July, 2009. Clearly this was cited as unfair by early users and the new government have since allayed the concerns of protesters by assuring the public that those who used microgeneration systems before the new legislation came into effect will be paid the same rate as new users.

It would appear that the new government are still keen to push Feed In Tariffs into the UK, in an attempt to follow the impressive lead of countries such as France and Germany, who have already successfully implemented a Feed-In Tariff scheme.

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