Renewable energy associations condemn FiT preliminary accreditation closure

A joint statement from renewable energy associations has called on DECC to review its decision to remove preliminary accreditation from the Feed-in Tariff.

As of 01 October, developers are no longer able to register for FiT support at a specific level before they start generating power. The statement says that this reduces the viability of renewable projects by providing less certainty to investors, and puts millions of pounds of investment at risk.

The statement has been signed by the STA, REA, RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables, RegenSW, Community Energy England and the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association.

It adds: “We believe the consultation process on the removal of pre-accreditation was deeply flawed. No impact assessment was provided by DECC and insufficient time was allowed for a proper consideration of the proposal. The unexpected move was announced on 22d July and confirmed on 9th September.

“We urge DECC to expedite meaningful engagement between ourselves, the secretary of state and her advisors in the coming weeks. We desire to work in a spirit of co-operation with government to find a route forwards that allows many more people to benefit from installing renewables.”