Time running out to raise FiT objections

Time is fast running out for installers to make their views known on the proposed changes to the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme outlined by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Although the consultation period for the first part of DECC’s proposal closed on Tuesday 3rd April, installers have until Thursday 26th April to respond to phase two.

Comprehensive Review Phase 2B sets out DECC’s plans to reduce the tariff for all non-PV technologies with an eligibility date after July 1st 2012. Further reductions are planned at six month intervals thereafter whilst future FiT rates will also fall in line with levels of deployment.

DECC officials have made it clear that views are being sought on all aspects of the consultation including reducing the lifetime of FiT from 25 years to 20 years, the levels set for export tariffs, the appropriateness of digression rates and deployment triggers and rates of multi-installation tariffs.

Alastair Granger, lead, delivery and engagement, FIT team, said: “These are just proposals. We are interested in hearing a range of views and are open to altering these if there’s rational reasoning.

“The intention (of the proposed changes) is to provide clarity. This has not been dreamed up because we like to be difficult. We are trying to lay out a clear proposal showing tariff levels going forward.

“We have tight cost control because that is the reality of this financial climate. If technologies cannot be seen to be competitive then we are not in a position to finance them. All schemes must provide value for money.”

Further information including how to register comments can be found here.