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Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Geoffrey Cox Geoffrey Cox Conservative, Torridge and West Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to compensate organisations which did not apply for the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in cases of inaccurate advice given by the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment about eligibility for payments under the feed-in tariff.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department cannot take responsibility for decisions taken by individuals or organisations about whether or not to apply for a public grant. This is a matter for the individuals and organisations concerned to consider on the basis of the available information, and bearing in mind the potential implications for eligibility for feed-in tariffs (FITs).

FITs are intended to replace, not supplement, public grant schemes as the principal means of incentivising small-scale low-carbon electricity generation. Advice from my Department has consistently made this clear. It has also consistently provided the most up to date information on exceptions to the general preclusion of FITs and grants in combination, and acknowledged uncertainty where that existed. For example, we provided clear advice at the start of the scheme that the European Commission's state aid decision on FITs would be relevant but that this was still pending.

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