FITs review criticised in final week

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Consultation on the DECC's review of Feed-In Tariff support for renewable energy closes this week, amidst an atmosphere of strong criticism for government cuts to renewables.

Last month, Confederation of British Industry director-general, John Cridland, lambasted the roll-back of renewables policies and uncertainty over low-carbon policy, noting that 164 countries worldwide should be potential export markets for a growing UK renewables sector.

Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing said last week that the UK government had underestimated the likely impacts of the cuts, while former Minister of State for Energy Greg Barker slammed the DECC evidence base as ‘pretty poor’.

Most recently, the chief scientist of the UN Environment Programme, Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, has criticised the UK's apparent shift away from clean energy, just as the rest of the world rushes towards it, in unusually blunt terms.

Meanwhile, the solar power industry has proposed an fully costed emergency plan to reduce subsidies more gradually, which it says would add just £1 to consumer bills by 2019 - demonstrating that a manageable level of tapered support for renewables is entirely affordable.

I want to make my voice heard...

Many farmers and growers have already helped shape the NFU consultation response to the review, which will be submitted this week. However, you can still respond directly to DECC before Friday 23rd October, submit a simplified four-question response here, or express your concern to your local MP. The parliamentary petition has now attracted more than 25,000 signatures.

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