Wind Power

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered at on 4 March 2015.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2015 to Question 223251, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of households installing wind turbines.

Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Holding answer received on 03 March 2015

The Feed-in-Tariff scheme (FITs) has been a considerable success since its launch in April 2010, with over 650,000 installations – more than 3.3GW of capacity – registered by the end of January 2015. Of these, 4,126 are small (below 15kW) wind turbines, with a total capacity of 32.9MW.

FITs offers relatively higher tariffs (2.4p higher than larger capacity bands from April 2015) at the smaller capacity (sub-15kW) required by households in order to facilitate deployment at this scale. We have also introduced measures to encourage households to take advantage of pooled resources by deploying at the community scale. These come into effect from 1 April 2015.

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