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Feed-in tariffs needed to tackle 'wholly inadequate' renewable strategy

A new report has placed further pressure on the Government to introduce feed-in tariffs for renewable energy.

The cross party Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee chaired by Phil Willis MP said more needed to be done to encourage the take-up of renewable technologies.

The report said: 'Currently, developers of renewable electricity generation projects have to negotiate a crowded funding landscape, a protracted—and often costly—planning system, and a poorly conceived regime for accessing the UK electricity transmission system.

'Further, the ability of developers to deploy renewable electricity-generation technologies is being hampered by a growing shortage of personnel with the necessary skills to develop, install and maintain these devices.

'It is essential that the Government engages with the renewables industry in order to remove current barriers to technology deployment, and develop a coherent policy framework to bring on the development of pre-commercial technologies.”

The report points out that in order to meet the EU Mandated Target of 15 per cent renewable energies by 2020, it will be necessary to generate approximately 35 to 40 per cent of electricity from renewable sources.

It commented: “This represents a considerable challenge, and one for which the Government’s targets for renewable electricity generation are wholly inadequate.”

The report concluded: “It is critical that the Government take steps to support the widespread deployment of renewable electricity-generation technologies as a priority, both at the level of macro and microgeneration.

'Throughout this inquiry, however, we have been consistently disappointed by the lack of  urgency expressed by the Government—and at times by the electricity industry—in relation to the challenge ahead. We expect the Government to take a greater lead on this matter, and hope that a clear strategy for progress, will be forthcoming.”

Executive director of the Renewable Energy Association Philip Wolfe said: “We couldn’t agree more with most of the conclusions of this report. One of which was that a feed in tariff be implemented.

“The Committee’s words of wisdom and common sense were published on the same day that the Government refused to accept an amendment to the Energy Bill which wouild have done the job.”