Mark Hughes and Alan Jones have compiled our SE24 response to the government’s plans to end the Feed-in-Tariff.
In summary, SE24 believes that abolition of the FIT regime will:
- make small to medium-sized community energy schemes unviable;
- reduce the generation potential, and thus the carbon savings, of larger schemes because they will be sized on site consumption rather than total site capacity owing to the abolition of export FITs;
- cut community funding available for tackling local fuel poverty and for providing education on energy savings and reducing carbon footprints;
- because of these factors, undermine existing community energy organisations and the formation of new ones;
- adversely impact the move towards more decentralised and democratised renewable energy markets.
For the supporting explanation of the SE24 story so far click here.
These are obviously very serious implications for us and for all Community Energy groups. Please do respond if you possibly can. The more individuals that do so the stronger the voice of the Community Energy movement.
To read the government’s plans click here.
To go direct to the consultation page and make your response please click here. These are the questions you will be asked:
Q1. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to end the export tariff alongside the generation tariff, which would close the scheme in full to new applications after 31 March 2019? Please provide evidence to support your reasoning; for example, around the impact on jobs, deployment, consumer bills and the supply chain.
Q2. Do you agree or disagree with the administrative closure and exception arrangements? Please explain your reasoning.
Q3. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to levelise net metered export payments? Please explain your reasoning.
Q4. Do you agree or disagree with the use of the average time-weighted System Sell Price to determine the value of metered export to FIT Licensees? Please explain your reasoning.
Q5. Do you agree or disagree with the proposed calculation Ofgem would use to make the necessary adjustments to quarterly and annual levelisation payments? Please explain your reasoning. Questions on replacement of generating plant
Q6. What would you expect the likely replacement rate for generating plant to be, for each FIT supported technology, if the rules were changed to allow unlimited replacements? To what extent would load factors change? Please provide evidence.
Q7. What would the impact be of not allowing replacement of generating plant? Please provide evidence.
Q8. How can government ensure that any budgetary impact from allowing the unlimited replacement of plant can be controlled in an administratively practical manner?